For years, we've been told that the one thing Arabs -- and in particular, Iraqis -- want the USA to do is to stop interfering in their affairs and get the hell out of the Middle East.
But when it comes time for the Iraqis to start bidding adieu to their last remaining American guests, they get anxious. "Please don't leave us alone with Iran! They're dangerous! There's no telling what they'll do to us!"
To which American generals and politicians ought to respond:
"Sure, we'll stay. But on condition. First, you pay our bills. We're broke. And we're tired of seeing American taxpayers funding your leaders' vacation homes. Second, you throw every last Sadrist on your soil -- including Mr. Sadr -- who's still taking shots at our boys into the brig. Third: get it through your head that we're not staying forever. This isn't Afghanistan and it ain't Haiti, either. Saddam is gone. Al Qaeda in Iraq has been squashed. You've been given a chance to rebuild your country as a reasonably-developed democratic state. Grow up, 'cuz we're bringing our boys home..."
"And just in case you had any funny ideas after we're gone -- we will...More >>