Thanks to Meriadoc for recommending the War Nerd. Some great journalism here!
I've come to really root for the Kurds throughout all this. I know it's America's defined agenda to maintain one (friendly) government over all of Iraq, but the Kurds seem to me that they could handle having independence over their own territory, based on my limited understanding. American sanctions against their burgeoning oil industry be damned, I would very much like to visit Kurdistan.