At work I fight this by assembling small teams from the start. In the situation of a group of people trying to pick a movie, I've found it is better to just split into smaller groups.
It dawns on me that Iraq is like the latter. We need to split the country into 3 smaller countries. After WW2 we split Germany in two to make them less dangerous. Three mini-Iraqs would be easier to manage.
This solution was proposed in 2002 in an editorial in the New York Times. The White House went to work defaming the author, and tried to ruin his career. They didn't want to hear a solution they didn't invent.
Things are moving painfully slow in Iraq, at least with the political decisions the country is trying to make. (Of course, since the government goes on holiday for August, nothing is going to get done for a bit.)
It is too late to split them now.
I'm not sure how to end this post.
I'm on my Treo' so editing isn't an option.