I don't know how Basil feels about this, but my thoughts are:
After Congress voted down Jack Murtha's ridiculous call for an "immediate redeployment" (meaning retreat) it was time to reassess the situation. I did. In "End The Mission Creep: Bring Them Home"
My argument was well if the north is safe and the south is safe, bring the troops home. We are building schools, hospitals and roads? Why? We didn't break them? 30 years of corruption destroyed that nation. Ask Jack Chirac to give his bribes back to pay for it.
Now, that is what the Iraqis are saying: Go home. Nice of you to step in, take our dictator out and let us try our hand at democracy, but don't let the door hit you on the way out.
We won. Iraq is stable. It has plenty of oil to pay for its own infrastructure, thank you.
Cross posted at Don Surber