It's my opinion that the reason we're having so many problems in Iraq now is that we didn't thoroughly defeat our enemies when we first invaded. Instead of destroying the Iraqi army and eliminating Ba'athists, we let the army and its leadership dissolve into the populace and jump-start the ongoing guerrilla conflict. By trying to fight a "kind" war and limiting casualties we actually doomed the Iraqi people to years of strife and turmoil. It's right to decry the Iraqis' ambivalence towards peace and freedom, but part of the reason they're having such a hard time is that our military was hamstrung by political correctness from the very beginning.

Four years into the Iraq war, all sides in the bitter debate agree that President Bush’s “troop surge” plan represents the final drop of American patience for the war. If Iraqis fail to control the violence, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, “The American taxpayer has a reasonable expectation that we will bring our people home.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has steadfastly supported the mission, said Republicans’ patience is nearly exhausted, too.

“This is the last chance for the Iraqis,” the Kentucky Republican said in an interview with The Examiner. “The last chance for them to step up and demonstrate that they can do their part to save their country.”

We shouldn't forget that the reason we're fighting an uphill battle now is because we were unwilling to deliver the coup de grâce in 2003; instead, we listened to domestic peaceniks and our erstwhile "allies" who demanded a "humane" war. The ongoing chaos in Iraq is the result of that lukewarm policy.

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