Cuba wants to get rid of a dictator, and baseball needs a dictator.
There is no force more liberating than the knowledge that you are fighting for others.
It's not clear in the U.S. at the moment, either. We're going through another election.
The problem is you tend to look back and identify mistakes, and as a consequence of feeling terrible about mistakes you say you bungled this so bad, let's get out of here.
If you look beyond the short term violence and instability, you do see significant activities on the part of the Iraqi people that indicate they understand the commitment necessary to govern themselves. It's not clear how they will do it, but it never is.