We could be ineffective for so much less money
A comment from SandSkeptic on Juan Cole's Top Ten Catastrophes of the Third Year of American Iraq:
Over half a million man-years of US military and intelligence presence in Iraq have not resulted in the capture of one particularly nasty Jordanian, whom most Iraqis apparently can't stand either. That's so sad on so many levels.
The US military isn't going to intervene in any civil war that may eventuate.
So why is the US military there at all, at great cost in lives and treasure?
Couldn't we not catch Zarqawi and not intervene in a civil war, for say $4 billion a year instead of $300 billion? Half the savings could even go in further tax cuts to the super-rich and we'd all still be better off.