Most of the fools running for President, as well as most of Congress, are ready to hide behind the fallacy that we are somehow at war in Iraq. We invaded Iraq, overthrew its leader, disbanded its military forces, and are now occupying that country. Rarely is this acknowledged. It is no longer a war, it is an occupation, and it is time to leave. The middle ground, proposed by most politicians, is that we need to set a timetable and implement a prudent exit strategy. There is no exit strategy for an occupying force except withdrawal, and the sooner that is done, the better. Just as Lord Mountbatten ended Britain’s long occupation of India and created Pakistan in the process, just as India was then consumed in religious violence, and just as utterly disastrous, but ultimately necessary, as that withdrawal was for India, so too will our withdrawal from Iraq be. It can not be avoided. We keep hearing how well things are going. Things were said to be going well years ago, and our exit was imminent. We keep hearing how close we are to a so-called victory, or an exit, whichever comes first, but the timetable will forever will moving. There is only one exit strategy left: get the hell out now and bring all the troops home immediately – all the troops, no bases left behind. Our current strategy of trying to establish long-term military bases in Iraq is going to perpetuate the violence. We must stop being so wishy washy. It’s time for us all to acknowledge that this is an occupation, and we need to end it now, not at some vague time in the future when we think it will be best for the U.S. It’s time for the U.S. to abandon it’s imperialistic interference in Iraq, just as England abandoned its empire in India. The results will not be pretty, but it is, after all, up to the Iraqis to decide how best to fix the problem, even though we bear so much guilt for the chaos now and in the future.