As usual, Juan Cole brings up a salient point:
By the way, why does the Iraqi army have only 70 tanks after all this time? (In 1990 I think they had 8,000 tanks!) How can you take and hold territory with no armor? And what about helicopter gunships? My own guess is that the US doesn't build up those capabilities because they can't be sure the Iraqi military won't at one point mutiny against them. But if that is the case, then the US troop presence really is stunting Iraqi capabilities.The lesson here is very clear. We are doing much more damage, heaping insult on injury (actually death upon death) by our continued presence in Iraq. Murtha says bring them home now. I agree.