We're caught in a quagmire in Iraq. It's not the central front in the war on terrorism; it's a civil war in which we have no rightful part. At the cost of more than 3,000 American lives, we've accomplished our stated pre-war objectives – ousting Saddam, eliminating the (nonexistent) weapons of mass destruction threat and establishing democracy. The rest is up to Iraqis. It's their decision whether to choose the path of freedom or the destructive avenue of tyranny. More American bloodshed won'tmake the government in Baghdad any more likely to take responsibility for its people.
Indeed, we are caught in a quagmine in Iraq. At some point, Iraq will have to make this happen.
We cannot deploy democracy.