1. Myth number one is that the United States "can still win" in Iraq. Of 
course, the truth of this statement, frequently still made by William Kristol 
and other Neoconservatives, depends on what "winning" means. But if it means 
the establishment of a stable, pro-American, anti-Iranian government with an 
effective and even-handed army and police force in the near or even medium 
term, then the assertion is frankly ridiculous. The Iraqi "government" is 
barely functioning. The parliament was not able to meet in December because it 
could not attain a quorum. Many key Iraqi politicians live most of the time in 
London, and much of parliament is frequently abroad. Prime Minister Nuri 
al-Maliki does not control large swathes of the country, and could give few 
orders that had any chance of being obeyed. The US military cannot shore up 
this government, even with an extra division, because the government is divided 
against itself. Most of the major parties trying to craft legislation
 are also linked to militias on the streets who are killing one another. It is 
over with. Iraq is in for years of heavy political violence of a sort that no 
foreign military force can hope to stop.

  
http://americanwars.blogspot.com/2006/12/top-ten-myths-about-iraq-2006-by-juan.html

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