If the US withdraws from Iraq under any condition other than the complete defeat of the Islamic nutjobs and Baathist hold-outs then the Muslim world would claim a great victory over the Great Satan. The momentum would shift to the terrorists because they will have demonstrated that terrorism works and that the US has no stomach for a war.

The last thing the enemy would do is settle down and live peacefully with us, as the Vietnamese eventually did. No, they would claim victory in Allah’s name and push the fight into every corner of the globe. The enemy has figured that out. That’s why they are still terrorizing Iraq. I rather doubt the Democrats understand the impact if the US is seen to lose in Iraq.