I have argued before that the "resistance", with their attacks that led to civil war in Iraq, only prolonged the presence of US troops in Iraq. I also remember many people claiming that the US would be in Iraq forever and that "resistance" was the only way to expel the invaders.
'American troops did not expect to play a role in stabilizing Iraq after overthrowing Saddam Hussein, a key adviser to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday.
David Manning, who served as a Blair's top foreign policy aide before being appointed ambassador to Washington in 2003, told a British inquiry into the Iraq war the American military did not believe peacekeeping was their responsibility.
"The American military thought that they were fighting a war and when the war was over they were expecting to go home," he said.'