"I have to say though, that while US involvement may be winding down, it seems unlikely that the phase of significant violent conflicts in Iraq is really "over". The Iraqis' most important issues were always between themselves-- it is between themselves that they will ultimately sort them out. Currently, our presence constricts the actions of the parties involved, but we are indeed leaving; and progress towards real solutions may turn out to be insufficient. "
To posit such ideas is to ignore history. The second Great War ended, yet we still maintain a presence in Germany, and throughout Europe. Not to mention post-war Japan. War is over. Yes we will be in Iraq and the rest of the region, probably, for generations to come. We are not leaving. Not in the way that you're thinking. To do so would be the height of folly.
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