Huh, it is always easy play with numbers. One of the best advices I have ever got is: Never trust statistics which you didn't manipulate yourself.
Wars in modern time ( = well after the Viking Age) are always in two phases:
- nation building.
We can discuss when the Iraq War ended, if it was GWB declaring "mission accomplished", or it was when the new Iraqi government took power, or when Saddam Hussein was captured or whatever.
But since coalition forces long time ago ended attacks on Iraqi military, then we are of course deep into the "nation building phase".
When did WWII end? Nation building was very intensive in the beginning, and faded gradually away. The West German government took power gradually in 1948/49. But practically all available Danish military worked as nation builders in Germany well into the 50'es as a very small percentage of the allied forces.
West Germany became mostly self sustainable in roughly 1955, while East Germany remained sort of occupied territory until 1990. So in some way WWII lasted roughly 16 years or maybe 51 years and 63 days.
Iraqi nation building is in principle a little more complicated. In the north among the Kurds progress has been fast and nation building virtually completed, while the rest two thirds are divided in what the politicians deny to call by its right name, a civil war. A civil war which to an uncertain extent is fed by neighbor countries. That will extend duration of the nation building phase.
If it will last 51 years and 63 days, I don't know. But I doubt that.
The hardest thing to predict is the future. Anyway I would predict one or two years more. When a hundred thousand more Iraqis have been killed (50,000 Sunnis and 50,000 Shiites), and when 30 or 40 more Mosques have been burned to ashes, then I think that the Iraqi people will take control. I may be optimistic - hope not, I really hope that I am pesimistic.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs