Nuri al-Maliki is out. Hamid Karzai is on his way out. And it’s long past time for the United States to get out—of the puppet business, that is. The lesson of the last 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan—and of the previous half-century or so in other countries America has dabbled in – is that we’re just not very good at propping up the right people in power. And we never will be.