Iraq is a strange kind of war, and it is one America hates to fight. We like tank battles on European plains, or in the iraqi desert, where we blow them apart, and the infantry mops up. This is the conventional war that we had with Iraq.
What we are in is a guerilla war, and it is similar to the way the American revolution was fought from our perspective (as far as tactics go, such as Francis Marion, or Washington, even though Iraq doesn’t have an “army” per se). And, ironically, the way they fight is similar to the Vietnamese.
Another similarity is in the type of mindset both sides have. In Vietnam, we fought like hell for Hamburger Hill, only to have the Vietnamese pop up somewhere else…they didn’t care about the hill, they cared about casualty counts, and killing the invader. The Iraqis are fighting the same way. They don’t care about government, or buildings, or towns. They will trade space and land for time, just as Washington did, and use guerilla tactics, just as the Vietnamese.
This type of war is not geared for a superpower to be involved in. Guerilla war is the war that the poor and disorganized use against a much more advanced foe. However…how often do guerillas lose? All they have to do is survive, while America must “win”. There is no way to be “more aggressive”, this is not like McClellan in 1862. There is no one to attack until they attack first…and anyone who advocated killing civilians and nuking them is as heartless as the terrorists themselves.
I am a liberal, and hate this war and the President that leads it. But my buddy is sitting in Baghdad now, and he’s been hurt enough times already…its time to bring the guys home.