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How long do we stay? How do we go?
When you think about the American military in Iraq, it's hard not to just squeeze your eyes shut tight and say, "When will it be over — I want Iraqis and Americans to be safe." But what does "over" mean? The military relationship we have built in Iraq cannot be dismantled easily — and there are burning humanitarian questions that linger even if we were to just disappear overnight. How long, and how we are to stay in Iraq remains a question that is constantly debated at dinner tables, on the radio (see, er... here), in the blogs, in newspapers — and everybody loves to play military adviser (it's much easier to give yourself stars — or a cabinet position). Today, we're talking to actual military men — about the stay or go debate — but we want your input as well. What factors should you consider before pulling out of Iraq? What factors would make you stay?