We are apparently never going to get out of Iraq. At least not as long as Bush/Cheney are still in office (and I suspect now even after they are gone). Consider the situation. Bush's "surge" that was to last only three months and require only 21,000 troops quickly turned into more like 28,000 (and perhaps more). Now it is said we won't know if it is working until sometime in the fall. Now Bush is ordering 13,000 more national guard troops to Iraq. Bush, Cheney and McCain, along with Lieberman, continue to insist we can "win." I guess what they mean by win is that somehow Bagdad can be controlled like Kabul (while outside of Bagdad Iraqis will continue to do whatever they want (like get rid of us). I guess also that they think if Bagdad is controlled they will be able to trick or coerce the puppet Iraqi government to sign the oil deals giving American and British companies obscene profits from Iraqi oil for years to come. As the Iraqis are not stupid they probably will not agree to this. If they don't do you think we will just take our ball and go home? Not likely. We'll stay there until they do our bidding no matter how many lives it will cost. Even if they do sign this absurd proposal which amounts to little more than stealing their oil at the barrel of a gun, we still won't be able to leave because the minute we do they will nationalize their oil once again (as I say, they are not stupid people). Some of our generals now say Iraq can't be pacified in just months but, rather, it will be years. They all seem to agree that we can't win militarily what requires a political solution. As a political solution is not likely in a short time we, again, would have to expect to be in Iraq for a long time. We will quite likely never get out of Iraq (unless we are chased out or eventually they run out of oil). As the Democratic Congress is all mouth and no action, and will not cut off funding for this disaster, why suppose it will ever end. I suggest we just make Iraq our 51st state and have done with it. They won't like it, but who cares what they like. We stole Texas and California, we might as well steal Iraq as well. As we all know what happens to states that do not want to stay in the union I guess we shouldn't have to worry to much on that score. Just the other day I heard that Vermont is thinking of going their own way. California, too, might be ripe for independence. Iraq, being the newest state, might lack the temerity to demand independence and their oil would be ours for all time. Fantasy? You bet. But it doesn't rival the fantasy that is the Iraq situation at the moment. Rest assured Bush/Cheney, if the American people are not with you the representatives of both parties are, along with the corporations and war profiteers that keep things going. Never is indeed a long time.
I predict things are going to get a lot worse in the next few weeks and months. The Iraqis will probably give up on killing each other long enough to kill more of us. But whatever happens, remember things are getting better and we are going to win. Do nothing to upset the Emperor (I hear he is given to tantrums). Whatever you do, do not mention IMPEACHMENT. It only upsets him needlessly.