The U.S. can get out of Iraq. Here 's how: Have a referendum on a Truth and Reconciliation Commission related to Saddam Hussein's era and its aftermath.
The logic is that the Iraqis will have to be willing to keep the peace all on their own. Getting along will mean having to get over the injustices done to them one way or another. And that applies to everyone.
But they won't be willing to. They won't be willing to find a way to get past revenge and on to reconstruction.
And that's when the U.S. can get out of Iraq and save face. When the referendum is voted down.
We can't make the Iraqi government have a referendum. So we can do it online ourselves. It would be a total farce, of course. But relative to other plans, not such a bad idea.
Or the referendum can be shown in another way, such as stopping violence to talk.
There needs to be a way that the Iraqi people can show their commitment to moving forward. And fail. Then we have an out.