Friday marked the seventh anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.
I'm not quite so naive as to think that the moment Barack Obama took office he'd order an immediate withdrawal of all our troops from the war-ravaged nation. I realize that would lead to chaos and an inevitable need for our return to the region.
But I would like to see some positive signs that progress is being made.
Iraq just had another round of elections. There were many fewer photos of proud Iraqis holding up their purple stained fingers this time around. Because we've seen it all before, and nothing much seems to change.
In about six weeks, we'll celebrate another dubious anniversary:
Can we maybe just declare victory, give a shitload of small arms and ammunition to the Iraqi military, and leave?
At least, can we do this sometime in the foreseeable future, please?