Just a quick note to our political leaders regarding the war in Iraq... We MUST stay the course.
Withdrawing our forces would not only violate our promise to bring democracy to the Middle East, it would be seen by the world as the defeat of America. We would immediately lose our standing as "sole superpower" and cease to be of consequence on the world stage. We might as well retreat behind concrete walls at the border, because our enemies will follow us. Leaving the UN as the sole international authority would be recipe for disaster. The Islamists would slaughter us on a scale that would make Cambodia, Rwanda, and Srebrenica pale by comparison.
If you have any doubt, read the words of our mortal enemy, Osama Bin Laden from 1996 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/terrorism/international/fatwa_1996.html
"...But your most disgraceful case was in Somalia; where- after vigorous propaganda about the power of the USA and its post cold war leadership of the new world order
...when tens of your solders were killed in minor battles and one American Pilot was dragged in the streets of Mogadishu you left the area carrying disappointment, humiliation, defeat and your dead with you. Clinton appeared in front of the whole world threatening and promising revenge , but these threats were merely a preparation for withdrawal. You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew; the extent of your impotence and weaknesses became very clear. It was a pleasure for the "heart" of every Muslim and a remedy to the "chests" of believing nations to see you defeated in the three Islamic cities of Beirut , Aden and Mogadishu."
That defeat gave our enemies the courage, strength and support to expand their aggressive war against us. The result of which was 9/11, 3/11, 7/7, and the thousands of smaller attacks by Islamists around the world.
If we accept defeat in Iraq. We have been defeated. Period.
Stay the course... NO END BUT VICTORY!