whole story So they now admit they never intended to leave? I guess our first hint should've been that they're building permanent military bases there. I'm sure we'll have a very comfortable "relationship" with the new Iraqi government, and a convenient base of power from which to project forces into the rest of the area. Who's next on the list? "Foes of democracy", can't get through a press release without bringing up charged words and implying that wanting to leave Iraq is a vote for totalitarianism, eh? Also pretty amusing considering Bremer shut down that newspaper last week. Why don't they like us? So the problem with the Iraqi security forces is that they won't shoot their own people? Interesting. If we removed the American troops from the equation, what would the result be, I wonder? It's disingenuous to argue that the security situation is too unstable to leave when you are the one causing the instability. Or at least, it would be if it didn't work on a large portion of the American populace. And the longer we stay, the worse it's gonna get.