It seems likely to me that our military departure can’t last long. Iran will meddle in Iraqi affairs even more than they already do, and the political coalitions we helped scrape together will fall apart. Some of them already are.
We’ve kept troops in Germany since 1944, but a decade in Iraq is too long? Leaving Afghanistan I understand. It’s a pity, considering all the Americans who died there, but staying isn’t producing much of value to anyone.
Quite the opposite, it seems to me, in Iraq. But Obumbles is nothing if not inept. So we’re leaving, largely to keep the Donkey base happy. But I won’t be surprised if it becomes necessary to return before the 2010s are out.