"After nearly a decade of war in Iraq, it's been nothing but a blunder. The United States invaded Iraq to make the United States safer, remove weapons of mass destruction, install a friendly government, contain Iran, and improve Iraqi-Israeli relations.
The United States is not at all safer, there never were weapons of mass destruction, whether the government of Iraq is friendly to U.S. interests is debatable, Iran is stronger and more menacing, and to date Iraq still has no peace treaty or embassy in Israel. The surge created the conditions to evacuate --congratulations to U.S. forces on that. The rest of the military exercise has been fraught, unimpressive, and at times morally corrupt.
Combat is over, but it's likely U.S. forces will remain in Iraq at least as long as U.S. forces have remained in Europe (65 years) and Korea (55 years). An utter waste of American treasure, life, morale, and international reputation." - David Biespiel, Attic Writers Workshop