After the allies defeated Germany and Japan they were occupied by US forces. Initially, those forces provided security and helped our devastated enemies recover from the war and rebuild their societies based on democracy. The US role transitioned to defense partner as former foes became allies in facing down Communist aggression.

The US should be looking to stay in Iraq for the long-term. Where better to fight the war against radical Islam than in the heart of the Middle East? Where better to have bases? Where better to keep a close eye on Syria and Iran? Where better to set up a missile defense system to defend Israel and Europe from the Mad Mullahs?

Yes, just as was done in Japan and Germany, the US should transition from defending Iraq from current enemies to defending democracy from Islamic totalitarianism.