I believe one of the main factors in the "insurgency"'s strength and endurance has been the anti-war movement itself. The anti-war movement has prolonged this war, and made it worse for Iraqis, more difficult for America. It is on the brink of making a prophet out of Osama Bin Laden.
I was out reading this story, and a couple of passages stick out:
The push to expand the U.S. and Iraqi presence in Baghdad's neighborhoods reflects what U.S. commanders now acknowledge was a mistaken drawdown in 2005 and 2006 of American troops in the capital, leaving Iraqi forces in their place.
"It's fairly obvious that we transferred out too soon,"
Now why, you might ask, did we try to transfer out so fast? Why, could it be political pressure at home?
Who put that political pressure on the Administration?