Fred Kaplan is the "War Stories" columnist for Slate and the author of The Wizards of Armageddon.
Kevin Drum is a contributing writer for The Washington Monthly and author of the blog "Political Animal" at www.washingtonmonthly.com.
Marc Lynch is an associate professor in the department of political science at Williams College and the author of Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, al-Jazeera, and Middle East Politics Today. He writes the blog "Abu Aardvark" at www.abuaardvark.com.
Larry Diamond is a Senior Fellow at the
Hoover Institution, and the author of Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq.