Looks like the White House may have finally decided on an exit strategy
Speaking in Washington, Rice emphasized that Iraq is responsible for violence against civilians or coalition troops should be prosecuted.
But, her stance was less dogged regarding US objections to contacts with groups that had obstructed efforts to develop a new political system in Iraq.
Rice said: "The Iraqis are trying to bring about a reconciliation of a society, where societal tensions and ethnic differences were exploited by Saddam Hussein during the terrible reign that he engaged in.
"And so there's an Iraqi process. And I don't think that we think it is our place to interfere in that Iraqi process."
Translation: "See ya... and thanks for the oil
and lucrative rebuilding contracts