George Bush is never going to back down on this issue, it's too much for his ego ever to admit a mistake or misstep. If Americans have to stay in Iraq forever, so be it.
President Bush envisions a long-term U.S. troop presence in Iraq similar to the one in South Korea where American forces have helped keep an uneasy peace for more than 50 years, the White House said Wednesday.
There's also the attempt to play off our occupation of Iraq as the same as continued U.S. presence at the South Korean border, Europe, etc. But in none of those situations is there the clear and present daily danger of getting blown up. Sure, there's always the chance Kim Jong-Il will try something, but there aren't 150,000 troops as sitting ducks to get picked off by insurgents, Sunni militants, Shia militants, or plugged in the back by a member of the Iraqi army or police.