A mixed group of moderate Iraqi politicians is trying to rally support in the parliament for a no-confidence vote that would unseat unpopular Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The effort is led by Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite who served as interim prime minister of Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005. It is unclear whether Allawi, who spends most of his time in Jordan, can muster enough parliamentary votes or popular support to be a viable alternative to al-Maliki.

Combine the above with the recent reports that certain military leaders have come to the conclusion that the only way to stabilize Iraq at this point is to impose a dictator and you can see where this is going. If Bush still has control of the situation after September, there is a good chance Maliki will be replaced with Allawi.

I don't think it will really help much at this point though. Terrorist attacks will drop over the short term, but only by applying more indiscriminate jailing, torture and violence on our part. That will turn the last of the Iraqi supporters against the US, and the situation will collapse shortly after that.