Eventually, and soon, the United States should return to the foreign policy admonition of George Washington’s farewell address to steer clear of foreign entanglements. No, that is not isolationism. We are talking about government meddling in the affairs of other countries; not the sharing of commercial, industrial, banking, and personal relationships.
However, as a background and immediate expedient, it is the earlier policy of the CIA in helping and backing Saddam Hussein that aided in “cementing” him into power. Then later, our attack of Iraq worked to create a political vacuum there. This resulting absence of any kind of order allowed the emergence of the terrorist groups. So in a sense, we are at fault nationally.
Many military writers, in addition to our experiences in Vietnam, the Philippines and similar conflicts, teach that it is impossible to combat terrorism (insurgencies) with general volunteer troops; or even conscripts, if a draft were in place. Regular troops simply are not trained for this particular type of combat. Our second major mistake is trying to "fight" in a mostly defensive mode.
The only way to fight insurgencies is with counter-insurgencies -- specialist forces such as Army Rangers, Navy Seals or even the British SAS. Remaining on defense, even with specialist forces, also is doomed to failure.
We must go on the offense taking the war to the terrorists using adequately numerous, yet small squads of specialist forces, OPERATING AROUND THE CLOCK, in conjunction with Iraqi intelligence. Only then can we root out and exterminate these killers. This tactic must be ongoing and non-stop until the job is completed.
These types of units successfully went into Mosul at the beginning of the "war" and neutralized the already-entrenched forces of Saddam Hussein.
As the country settles down to some acceptable level of normalcy, then adequately trained, domestic Iraqi forces should be able to establish and maintain security.
To those who say we would not have the support of the Iraqi people, I say bunk. The masses of the middle class want peace and decent order. There would be a minority who would not. It is no wonder that we don’t have more support now. We could not have bungled the job any worse, if we had tried.
Then we should get out of Iraq! Furthermore, we should consider the removal of our troops AND CESSATION OF GOVERNMENT MEDDLING in other nations of the world, as well. It’s time we start minding our own national business. Once again we would have the love of our allies and the respect of our then-fewer-in-number enemies.