Iraq merely has to secure U.S. interests by being a country that is:
1 - Stable;
2 - Prosperous;
3 - Democratic;
4 - Not a threat to its neighbors (exception - see number 8 below);
5 - A terrorism fighter;
6 - Happily entertaining international entities (i.e. allows foreign oil companies to remove Iraq's oil for no money whatsoever);
7 - Accepting of all religions; and
8 - Starts treating Iran like an enemy.
Gee, wouldn't it be nice if the United States could meet some of those criteria, too?
I'd especially like the USA to fulfill numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 because we're sorely lacking in each of those under our current Republican dictatorship.
100 years, McCain? Under those conditions we're going to be there closer to 1,000 years.
And there's certainly no better strategy for accomplishing those goals than by having your country controlled and occupied by a foreign military.
Think for a minute - do you suppose the USA would be more stable, prosperous, democratic, neighborly, terrorist-fighting, and increasingly tolerant of religions if, say, we were occupied by the armies from Japan (enemy in WWII) or China (enemy in Korea), countries who now hold most of our ever-increasing national debt?
Naaaaaaah, i didn't think so either. Otherwise, we probably wouldn't have spent so many lives fighting them before.
Of course, those were Democratic presidents who fought those wars so maybe our Republican emperor and his puppet yes-men have a different idea of what democracy and America stand for.