First of all, you can't do war on the cheap. War is expensive in treasure and in blood, and your whole society has to be prepared to tighten their belts to support the soldiers in the field.
Officials worry that behind the Army’s lack of readiness lies a titanic mismatch between the Bush administration’s dream of resurrecting American prestige in the region through the use of hard power and the scant resources they have devoted to it.
Because if you run out of money to keep your soliders in the field, there is no money left over to rebuild the vital infrastructures that eventually allow the conquered to reestablish commerce and society and win the peace so that our soldiers can come home.
Though the media keeps playing up the civil war angle, I see nothing but continued chaos. A civil war would have sides we could negotiate with, or at least pick a side. This situation is anarchy and thuggery; rioting with heavy weapons and hidden bombs. When are the police going to be ready? Where is the finish line and how close are we?
And the American 'debate' exists in the playground of politics, where our only options are to 'cut and run' or 'stay a course (without a plan).' Neither sound like strategically sound options.
Right now, we are forced to pray for the safety of our people, and hope news like this is true, and Iraqis will be in control by the end of this year.