Historically, when a war comes to a end, a white flag goes up, a sword is surrendered and or a treaty is written. Someone either seizes or is empowered to do one of the aforementioned acts by an authority figure.
Bush and company drug our country into Iraq. Our soldiers are right smack in the middle of a civil war. There are at least three sects who want control of the sand, people and oil.
Once we either no longer fund this mess or simply pull our troops out, to whom do we either accept or provide a sword?