An interesting op-ed from guys who are there fighting and dying.
Given the situation, it is important not to assess security from an American-centered perspective. The ability of, say, American observers to safely walk down the streets of formerly violent towns is not a resounding indicator of security. What matters is the experience of the local citizenry and the future of our counterinsurgency. When we take this view, we see that a vast majority of Iraqis feel increasingly insecure and view us as an occupation force that has failed to produce normalcy after four years and is increasingly unlikely to do so as we continue to arm each warring side.
Damned if we do, damned if we don’t. Makes getting out before we do more damage look pretty smart. We already smaked the hornet’s nest; question is, will we so it again, or will we run inside and let it calm down before we go looking for another to smack?