Some dumb questions:

Q: Who is the U.S. fighting in Iraq?

A: People who want the U.S. to leave.

Q: And so what will happen when we win, and have defeated all the people who want us to leave?

A: We will leave.

Or will we?

Given the construction of the huge embassy complex in Baghdad, and the ‘temporary’ military bases, and Bush’s comment that the next president would still be dealing with Iraq, I can only conclude that the U.S. plans to have a big presence there for many years. We may draw down some troops (and perhaps replace them with private security forces), but it’s now the US outpost in the Middle East, to keep an eye on the oil of Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia.

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