What the heck - I'll bite
Welcome to the R&P, Trappin. Those were interesting links about the ongoing operation against Special Groups (aka Muqtada al-Sadr's Army). It's an important operation that will be playing out for some time. Our thoughts and prayers are always with our men and women in uniform who have the seemingly impossible job of putting Iraq back together again.
Everyone debating this topic just talks over one another and we can never get past the No War For Oil/ Baghdad Victory Parade nonsense . Example - Obligatory four year old Bush_in_ flight_suit photo.
I know these weren't your words but since you posted them, I'm obliged to respond. There's one or two posters here who'll push the "war for oil" view. Everyone else would agree that the war wasn't about oil and so that is not an impediment to you and I having a rational and reasoned discussion about Iraq. A better example of an impediment to the discussion would be people question someone else's patriotism based on their views on Iraq. I don't remember seeing that here either so maybe we are the exception to the rule.
The "Mission Accomplished" pics epitomize the folly and hubris of the Prez and his handlers in attempting to leverage the war and our military to maximum political advantage. It backfired badly in this instance. There are many follies we could choose from (i.e. "bring it on," "fight them there so we don't have to fight them here," etc.) but a picture is worth a thousand words. It's a chance to vent in shorthand and that's why it keeps coming up. Bush and Cheney have said the opinions of the majority of Americans on Iraq don't matter so I can't imagine this hurts their feelings. If it does by chance hurt someone's feelings, I'm reminded that Bush's tenure ends 01/19/2009. On his way to Air Force One, he can quote an ex-President and say, "You won't have Bush to kick around anymore" and flip us the bird.
A fresh start would be nice for both sides.