From Baghdad via AP:
Iraq’s political leaders gave the government the green light Tuesday to begin negotiating a deal with the U.S. to keep American troops in the country past the end of the year to train Iraqi security forces.
The good news: they want us. The bad news: they need us.US military forces should stay; in addition US civil society needs to get more involved. More Iraqi academics, journalists, religious leaders and opinion makers need to visit the US; more Americans need to visit Iraq.