The United States is clearly willing, but the Iraqi people and, more problematically, Iraq's Council of Representatives, must take the steps necessary to allow some U.S. forces to remain.

It is definitely in their interest and ours ... A half-century later we maintain thousands of troops in South Korea, and one must question the logic of not maintaining a similiar partnership with Iraq —- especially in the next five years.

With an ever-expanding Iran and a seemingly endless number of nefarious extremist elements operating in the Middle East — if we abruptly close up shop in Iraq, how does this play out?