The United States Government just announced it's refusal to set a date certain for withdrawal from Iraq, even when asked to do so by Iraq's much touted democratically elected government. Barak Obama asserts that he won't leave Iraq if anything nasty might ensue. McCain won't leave until "Victory" is achieved, however that may be defined. I have no formal training in diplomacy, but it seems to me that having invaded the wrong country, reduced it to a purgatory and imposed an alien form of government upon its people, we might at least have the good grace to leave when asked. Mr. Maliki is the elected head of Government. It is his country. I suppose we just aren't finished liberating them yet.
Our government admits to imposing unnamed conditions for our withdrawal. Clearly we want basing rights as a launching pad for our own jihad against Iran. But the regime we set up in Baghdad is very cozy with Iran. So it looks like the whole war has come to this, we are being given the bums rush by our own puppets.
Too bad about all those lives lost though.