Iraq: Why we should pull out
There is now formally "a government" in Iraq.
As with in the 1920s and 1930s the defining issue in Iraq is "the occupation". (Previously it was RAF bases).
All the political parties are opposed to the occupation. The occupation, however, gives an argument for the "insurgents" to recruit.
The UK government has no real "strategy" in Iraq that is worth the name. They say that they want to wait until the Iraqi security services can cope. However, the presence of the occupying forces makes the situation harder to handle.
They have no clear objectives by which they can measure when they should leave. Hence unless people support an unending commitment then the time to leave is now (or at least in reasonable and safe phases).
Blair's most misleading argument about Iraq was that it was Saddam Hussain or invasion. There were many other options that led to the downfall of the Ba'th without the generation of major hatred against the UK and US governments in the Middle East.
Many people fail to understand that one of the biggest motivations in any group based conflict is revenge. Iraq is but one more example of this.