If the politians and religious leaders would stand aside and let the admirals and the generals do their thing, it would be over before they knew what hit them. That area has been in a constant strife for thousands of years. Alot of it caused by warring tribes. Getting them to convert to the religion of peace would take a bona fide miracle. It is possible. It starts with just one person putting down their weapons, and going home. Sending more troops isn't going to help. We have been in Iraq for nearly a decade. Law and order still haven't shown up. If President Obama wants to send more soldiers to die for "The Cause", whatever that means these days, he needs to lead our army himself. That means on the front lines with all the grunts. It's been a very long time since leaders went into battle with their valiant forces. A tradition that needs to be called back into service. All the above is just my humble opinion. What do I know.