There's no money to be made in ending the war! And Iraq has been very good for his career while simultaneously ending 3700 other soldier's careers and ruining a countless number of wounded soldier's careers. The General said he would offer another assessment in March 2008, whistling his favorite tune "the next six months will be critical." Did he fail to mention that there is still no end to the war in sight?
The surge was the wrong answer and sent the wrong message. Prior to the surge, there was not one soldier I could find who thought the surge would be a good idea. We all knew that it would just add more sitting ducks into this complicated equation. The numbers don't tell us that for the American combat arms soldier, after four and a half years of conflict, Iraq is still just keeping your fingers crossed and praying that you don't die or end up permanently disabled from an IED or that as long as we are still in Iraq, that the light at the end of the tunnel can't shine through.
It is important that the anti-war crowd know that it should not lose heart or give up the fight just yet. We're having our own "civil war" at home with the soul of our country at stake.