Yota691: "2013 will see the end of the rule of Maliki." I'm step out and say it will Happen, after this ride is over. Any kind of change in Management at this point would stop the Reset, and that seems more Important to these folks at this time, and it would make the O administration look even more defunct, if you get my drift!! JMO
Easyrider: The UN and others can threaten Maliki with Chapter 7 release that way he is forced to get things done along with the HCL. I believe they go hand and hand Maliki eventually will nave no choice, without them being released they will NOT prosper and Maliki's power will be threatened and void sooner or later.
WallyWeaver: It was Iraq who is most responsible for changing their currency, the UN/ US sanctions probably had little to do with effecting the value of the IQD other than the sanctions caused Saddam to print an excessive amount. My understanding is the IQD lost its international value in 1995 when Saddam printed the heck out of it. This caused the internationally recognized exchange rate to drop to 3000:1 (even though in-country the exchange rate was recognized as much, much higher).
In 2003-2004, when the new bills (the ones we hold now) were introduced, the internationally recognized exchange rate was virtually the same as the old Saddam notes in 1995 (right around 3500:1 with the USD). So the exchange rate did not drop when we invaded, it had already been pretty low for several years.