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  •  we do have a responsibility... (none)
    .. to Iraq and Iraqis. We facilitated the destruction of their country and we owe them big.

    ..BUT, it is not our place to fix it.  

    Only Iraqis can do that.  As long as we're making decisions in Iraq, any progress made will not be fully owned by Iraqis, and will be regarded with contempt, skepticism, suspicion, etc.  Of course, we would own the mistakes.  This can only fuel public support for the insurgents.

    How else can the democratically empowered electorate of Iraq bring their grievances to the mighty United States?

    So, if we really want to fix Iraq, we need to orient our policies toward faciliating progress not controling it.  That means:

    1. Pull our troops out.
    2. Develop a UN recognized coalition to support Iraqi military, while providing pressure/ oversight to prevent the use of heavy-handed tactics.
    3. Withdraw the contractors and provide funds to Iraqi businesses and labor.  Focus on increasing Iraqi employment.
    4. Work with Iraqi-trusted mediators to bring insurgent groups into the political mix.

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