...Only a courageous man could have said it. In retrospect, Years ago Indian peace keeping force in Sri Lanka had immense success initially but later suffered heavy casualties and had to pull out because the then Sri Lankan government who happened to invite it back-stabbed them. The success of US forces in Iraq does not depend on how Iran or Syria behaves but how the Maliki government does. Is his government serious about Iraq as a whole or just his own political agenda? The agenda of the new Iraq strategy should not only be pushing more troops but also to tighten the leash on the current Iraqi government to stay sincere. Keep in mind, a foreign force never stays a savior they eventually become the political tool and its success depends on not only how you manage the enemies but friends too.