It is really not my intention to oversimplify difficult and contentious issues. Having said that, I well realize that the Iraq dilemna is just that, a dilemna. We think we know why we went in there and in many ways we were sucessful. The main reason for going to Iraq was to introduce democracy as we know it here in the US. That was a new concept to most Iraqis but after several democratic style elections with comparitive huge turnouts they accepted it with many purple fingers.
Free elections is a staple in any democratic process. Consider an election there where the ballot asks only one question of the general populace in Iraq:
Should Americans (Coalition forces) stay in Iraq and finish the mission or should they all leave now?
The democratic answer will solve most all problems for them, for us and for the rest of the world that damns us for being there. Should we be asked to leave by the majority vote then we declare victory and leave.
Should we asked to stay then we will do so, Iraq, America and the rest of the world will know our combined resolve to finish the job while the majority of Iraqis want us there.
We wanted to bring democracy to that part of the world. We did some of that and through popular vote we either stay or leave. That may be oversimplifying but it is understood by everyone involved in a democratic process.