Here is an amazingly insightful email post from a 21-year old American soldier in Iraq to his father. The father is a friend of a friend who forwarded this email.
“The overall tactic of the strategy to surge is to buy time for the Iraqi government and Iraqi Army to gain political and military control if I’m not mistaken. The general consensus of that strategy is that the influx of forces will stabilize Baghdad and the Al Anbar Province long enough for the Iraqi government to take control. Now, anyone who has been following this situation longer than a day knows that is impossible. Any General on the Joint Chiefs of Staff who has spent any longer than a week studying this situation also knows that. At this point Bush has two choices. Withdrawal, or Surge. Both have potential fall backs that the administration would consider a loss. Withdrawal is cutting and running to the administration and could spiral the country into a full fledged civil war which would be politically devastating to our already broken foreign policy. Surging to temporarily stabilize the area is a cop-out. There is no strategic way that, that could possibly work. The only real solution here is to put in at least 300,000 troops or more for an untold period of years. Since that obviously cant happen, due to the strain on the military, Bush has only one real verifiable solution whether he wants to admit it or not. Withdrawal. Furthermore this war is killing the Republican party’s popularity. The presidential election is not too far away. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Republicans in Congress all of the sudden turn their back on the President and start calling “cutting and running” to “Operation let’s save the Republican party” and bring the troops home. So tell your Democrat buddies in Congress to seize the moment and capitalize on this political advantage to fully support the inevitable; withdrawal.”