I liked this plan from Ralph Peters. Essentially re-focus everything in Iraq to stopping the insurgents. Forget about re-building etc and instead re-win this war.
In the meantime Ethiopian troops are winning their way through Islamist posts in Somalia. The NYTimes provides us with commentary but oddly enough does not provide us with civilian body counts in this conflict. It must be 300,000 by now. :
Any effort by the Somali government or Ethiopia to take the capital risks a disaster similar to the U.S. intervention in Somalia in 1992.
I suspect, if Ethiopia wants to go into Mogadishu, as does Scott (see update 2), that the capital will be easier to take with an all out war, vs a “war, with conditions”.