Given the current political climate, its not going to happen, but what is desperately needed is for the adults to put aside politics and realize that Iraq, Afghanistan and the overall GWOT are problems that the country (indeed, the world) as a whole must confront. Controlling the sectarian situation in Iraq may be impossible for anyone bound by Western rules and sensibilities and even if the surge is successful in the near term, we have no assurance of a lasting peace. We must be prepared for the worst case scenario in Iraq; long term civil war characterized by Sunni-Shia conflict spilling over into the larger middle east, reducing world oil supply and increasing terror attacks worldwide.
The US must be prepared to get out of the way when the situation in Iraq crosses a certain threshold. That threshold should not be stated publically but it must be set and we must be able to recognize diminishing returns and act in our best interests. If the Muslim world insists on war with itself, we should step aside and let them do what we are too "civilized" to do ourselves.
Trish has said that it is time for a new narrative. This is the one that has been in the back of mind lately. In war, there are victories and defeats which do not affect the ultimate outcome and if we are unsuccessful in Iraq and Afghanistan, it will be a "setback" or a "disappointment" but not a defeat.