In order for the US effort in Iraq to succeed there has to BE an Iraq that can carry the load when we leave. From those folks who continue to proclaim we’ve turned the corner in Iraq, please provide evidence that the Iraqi government (on vacation by the way) represents all the people and that the Iraqi police enforces the law equally and is not infiltrated with sectarianism.
Yeah, we can stay forever and put pressure in different areas of the balloon, but the balloon is just going to expand somewhere else..if you understand my meaning. This is not a ‘Democrat hoping the war goes well so that we can win elections‘. The world does contain shades of gray. I can guarantee you that the Democrats will win big in 2008 if Bush continues the current path, but that is not why we need a new strategy. This war continues to exhaust our coffers, kill our young, destroy thousands of Iraqi lives and the maiming of hundreds of thousand others. To continue the current 5 year course that brought us to this point is nothing more than folly – elections be damned.