The (non-partisan) line should be: "IRAQ must succeed."
But in the meantime, the left needs to grab it.
We really can't afford to buy in to this us-or-them, or us-and-no-one-else type thinking. It's worse than unproductive, it's harmful, constraining, and wrong. There are other options.
Juan Cole has been working out his "UN option". That may or may not be the answer, but we should be talking about this and other ideas.
If we can withdraw AND Iraq can become stable, I call that a win even if U.S. forces don't secure a capitulation treaty from Iraqi insurgents or terrorists of whomever the frig we are fighting over there!
Of course this administration won't do it. Of course they want the U.S. to stay there and keep those 14 permanent military bases fully taffed.
but when we emphasize that Iraq needs to succeed and offer ideas that they will reject, it will be more clear that the Right won't sacrifice their Iraqi bases for a stable Iraq; they won't sacrifice a perceived U.S. military "win" for a stable Iraq.