The challenge we face today is not how to win in Iraq; it is how to recover from a strategic mistake: invading Iraq in the first place. The war could never have served American interests.
But it has served Iranâ€™s interest by revenging Saddam Husseinâ€™s invasion of Iran in the 1980s and enhancing Iranâ€™s influence within Iraq. It has also served al Qaedaâ€™s interests, providing a much better training ground than did Afghanistan, allowing it to build its ranks far above the levels and competence that otherwise would have been possible.
We cannot â€˜winâ€™ a war that serves our enemies interests and not our own. Thus continuing to pursue the illusion of victory in Iraq makes no sense. We can now see that it never did.