a lot of pundits a lot smarter and more frequently cited than me have noted that when it comes to Iraq, each success there brings a movement of the bar to define success. First it was reduce the violence. Then it was improve security. Next came, governmental reforms. Now, as Don Surber notes, it is "Senators are very concerned about how many Iraqis have running water and electricity."
So, in addition to improving their security by reducing teh violence to buy time for the Iraqi govnerment to move beyond sectarian squabbling, we have to make sure every Iraqi has electricity and running water.
I believe our troops can do so many things and do them well, but my goodness--they are not miracle workers. It took seven days for God to create the world, can American troops have a few more years to work their miracle?