The actual Iraq War is over. Much of the battle against insurgents is accomplished. Now our forces are stuck in the middle of a civil war. The insurgents need to be finished off and the civil war ended.
Diplomacy is the key to all of this. The Iraq Study Group was passed over by the "decider" as soon as it came out. Bush needed to show that he was in control, and refuses to listen. He has to learn he can't have everything he wants, especially now that Democrats are in control of Congress. Serious negotiations with Iran and Syria must be immediate and unconditional.
The civil war is mind numbing. If the Iraqis could just get along, everyones lives would be better. This is not possible. At this point, one must decide on whether or not to increase troops (pulling out is not an option). The military is stretched too thin. The troop levels should remain the same; the surge in troops already in Iraq taken out. The troops that remain there should play an advisory role. Embedded in Iraqi units, they would train and aid Iraqi soldiers.
U.S. troops should take an advisory role while the government backs down and tries diplomacy. This is not our war any more. Its the Iraqis.