It's official: US troops will occupy Iraq for at least ten years. That's from Marine General Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Wolfowitz of Arabia. While this is surely a shock to some, it's no surprise to anyone who knows anything about the history of US imperialism. The US took the Philippines as a colony from Spain in 1898, fought a three-year guerilla war against Filipino independence fighters, clashed with remants for another decade, and only granted the country full sovereignty in 1946. With the rise in the pace of everyday life in the 21st century, compressing 50 years down to 10 seems about right -- although the General wouldn't be a bit surprised if ten years in Afghanistan and more like 20 in Iraq is closer to the truth.
From "quagmire" to "colony" is but a step.