Two responses from readers:
Is Max Boot completely loony? Does he not realize that a significant reason we needed to stay in Germany and Japan for so long was because we did not want them to rearm and threaten their neighbors and the world again? In Iraq, we are willing participants in re-arming the nation. We want them to be a threat to their neighbors. So we should be able to leave when they are.
But not if the real goal was to establish an occupying US force to attack Iran. And:
The Iraq war rationalizers repeatedly use the Germany-Japan-Korea argument to justify our remaining in Iraq as if there are clear and unequivocal historical parallels between the two when none exist beyond the fact of our invading the damn countries and then occupying them. To draw a parallel on this basis when no evidence exists to support it amounts to ignoring the basic laws of physics. A more relevant parallel would be that of the British occupation of Iraq post World War I but somehow that never gets brought up. And we wonder why history keeps repeating itself.
The neocons never mention the British occupation of Iraq in the last century. The reason is obvious. Even experts at imperialism were defeated by the "ungrateful volcano" we now plan to sit on top of for ever.