Granted, this withdrawal represents a mixed success, but so far Iraq has not imploded, degenerated into civil war, or been invaded by any of its neighbors. For an effort described by defeatists as being a quagmire, a disaster, and a failure, it certainly seems like things have worked out in ways that don’t look much like any of those things.
Now, Iraq still has a chance to become a lot of things, but one of the interesting elements of what it will become is that it will happen because Iraqis decide they will, not because Americans forced them to. Isn’t that part of what we set out to do to begin with?
Sometimes, it seems, endless has a good ending.