If for no other reason than this:
If the insurgents lose 100 fighters in a month, well, it’s just the cost of doing business. They praise them as Holy Martyrs, and renew the calls for others to join in, “avenge their blood” and “honor their sacrifice with one of your own.” Yada. Yada. Yada.
If WE lose 100 fighters in a month, it’s a “soaring death rate” resulting in a “grim milestone” which brings “Bush’s failed policies in Iraq” into “stark relief.” Losing 100 is an “indictment“, a “terrible waste“, which brings calls for resignations and impeachment.
And the insurgents watch our news. Listen to our rhetoric. And as Al Jazeera publishes call for renewed Jihad, our media is awash with horror stories of failure, a “struggling administration” trying desperately to maintain “bipartisan support” against increaingly “grave concerns.“
Our enemy is not stupid. Sometimes foolish, yes. But not stupid. They have to know that they have only to wait until the partisan cries and table pounding drive the American public and our elected leaders to move to the call of public whimsy rather than strategic necessity. And then we leave, the fledgling government collapses, and Iraq turns into Somalia, descending into incessant tribal warfare and creating a humanitarian crisis worse than in Sudan or Ruwanda.
You can argue whether our strategies and tactics in Iraq are right or wrong, but I challenge you to argue that our policies at HOME are any better.