It's past time we left Iraq, both because of previously established agreements and because we've done pretty much all we can do there.
The current violence isn't insurgents trying to unseat the government, it's sectarian violence. The Prime Minister (Shia) is trying to arrest the Vice President (Sunni). The VP, for his part, was out of the capital trying to mend fences between the Kurds and the PM when the warrant was announced -- and now the Kurds are protecting the VP.
It doesn't matter if we left today or tomorrow or next week or ten years from now -- this right here is the social fault lines of Iraq showing themselves. The government was structured to share power amongst the Shia, Sunni and Kurd, and they're still throwing punches at each other. It's either this, or another Saddam -- a secular dictator who crushes anybody who raises their fist.
American President: Ronald Wilson Reagan: Domestic AffairsIncreased government spending contributed to the increase of the deficits and the mounting national debt. After failing to win significant spending cuts from the Democratic-controlled Houses in his first term, Reagan largely abandoned the effort in his second. So domestic spending continued to grow, while the lower tax rates failed to provide enough revenue to compensate. The defense buildup also contributed to the deficits. The cost of financing the debt absorbed funds that the government might have used to modernize the nation's infrastructure, especially its transportation system. The ballooning national debt made the American government and economy more dependent on foreign investment. Foreign imports helped American consumers by lowering the cost of goods and keeping inflation down; the other side of this coin was a massive trade imbalance.
That was under Reagan.
The ASCE has been releasing report cards on our nation's infrastructure every 4 years since 1998. The overall grade has consistently been a "D" and the estimated cost for getting us up to snuff nationwide continues to grow (they currently estumate $2.2T over the next 5 years).
Our country has had a long-standing infrastructure problem under the leadership of both parties.
The war was over before we got there. We had no reason to be there, no mission, no definable national will. It was a bull**** war for bull**** reasons. The Iraqi people did not ask the U.S. to invade them and destroy their infrastructure, commandeer their national resources or slay hundreds of thousands of their people.
There are no parallels between the establishment of the United States and cluster**** that we have given Iraq. Any idea that there are numerous and incredible similarities is an exercise in dumbassery.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
Getting out now was the right thing to do for the US, the Iraqis can sort out the rest on their own.