We came, we saw, we kicked ass. But now what? Iraq is basically three countries formally held together by a despotic dictator. In the north, Kurds. In the middle, Sunni's. And in the south, Shiites. And no, these people do not hold hands and sing "Kumbya" around the campfire together. The ethnic rivalries in Iraq make Northern Ireland and the Balkans look like a mild disagreement and a polite debating society. Iraq is not like Germany or Japan after WWII. Those countries are generally ethnically monolithic (that means everybody in Japan and Germany were pretty much the same ethnicity, speak the same language, etc.) and at the end of WWII they were scared ****-less by the Communist threat from the USSR. Japan and Germany may not have been happy to lose to the Americans (and our allies) but they sure did not want the Commies to take them over even worse. Germany and Japan were happier to cooperate with the US as long as the USSR existed as a worst-case scenario. Iraq is a very different situation. There are three major and very different points of view on EVERY topic in Iraq right now. The Kurds are OK with us, the Shiites got burned by us back in '91 and the Sunnis are pissed because their boy Saddam is out of office. Lets examine the options available to get the US out of Iraq- 1) Just Bug Out and let the Iraqi figure it out for them selves. Naw, that won't work. 2) Figure a way for the UN to take over so we can Bug Out. The UN does not want to let Dubya off the hook that easy. Maybe if Kerry promises to apologize and offers up Dubya for trial as a War Criminal. 3) Create a Police State with an Absolute Dictator to keep these poor, unfortunate people from engaging in the blood feuds that they traditionally practiced upon each other. This option sort of blows the stated purpose of bringing "democracy" to a people who have no tradition of representative government. I am out of ideas, what do you guys think? Scott BTW- Mad props top all the men and women who sacrificed in service to our country. Whether the Boss was right or wrong, you guys answered the call and made us all proud.