The following from RiverBend; a blog by an Iraqi Citizen living in Baghdad.(link in Title of posts)
"The Americans have done a fine job of working to break it(Iraq) apart. This last year has nearly everyone convinced that that was the plan right from the start. There were too many blunders for them to actually have been, simply, blunders. The 'mistakes' were too catastrophic. The people the Bush administration chose to support and promote were openly and publicly terrible- from the conman and embezzler Chalabi, to the terrorist Jaffari, to the militia man Maliki. The decisions, like disbanding the Iraqi army, abolishing the original constitution, and allowing militias to take over Iraqi security were too damaging to be anything but intentional."
I've seen bigger 'mistakes' executed in war. Myopic blunders in war become catastrophes on the ground very quickly.
On the other hand a Strategy of Tensions designed towards a larger war that the US Army could win is not a new idea.
For what it's worth, that's a take from Baghdad.