Best of luck to those seeking annulment. I have been annuled since 2007. True that it is a lengthy process - as well it should be. Marriage is a lifelong commitment. The tribunales have to ensure that the marriage was not legitmate to begin with before they can approve. But, I understand how frustrating it can be to play the waiting game. My suggestion would be to get a good advocate. The default advocate from my church never took an interest in my case and it stayed on the back burner for over a year. I was fortunate to get to switch advocates to someone my family knew. She got the wheels turning and it eventually got done.
Ultimately, it is in the Lord's hands. We have to do the footwork by filling out the questionaires, engaging witnesses, partnering with our advocate, etc. We have to trust that the tribunales are seeking God's will.
I do not feel that annulments are a cop out. There are several questions they have you prayerfully consider. You have to be honest with yourself.
If you are divorced or divorcing, I'd highly recommend looking into this, especially if you hope to remarry one day.