The US went into Iraq with no plan for after taking Baghdad and ousting Saddam Hussein and establishing a 'presence' there. Once we accomplished the first two, we should have rethought (assuming Bush could think beyond his ideology) and then pulled out within a month of Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech. Instead, somebody convinced Bush that the Brits got it right in artificially establishing the boundaries in the 20s. Bush doesn't care what the Iraqis think, nor even what the American public thinks. For good or ill, ONLY Iraqis can or should decide their destiny. Bush is repeating the mistakes of the British Colonial Office. The current 'surge' is the Iraqis last chance to solve their problems with US assistance. In September it will have either worked or not. At that point we should be able to announce plans for an orderly withdrawal of both American forces and finincial support for the mercenary army we are financing.
U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea (AP)
from the article: The victory won't be American