Ok, is there some way to know what our mission is, and when its accomplished? I'm really serious here. Unless we figure out how to know if we are winning, losing, or staying the same - are we just like a dog chasing its tail? I hear sometimes that we would win when Iraq is a stable democracy - but what the heck is that? If the insurgents take a 3 month vacation, do we declare victory and not care when the terrorists come back all ready for more? I worry sometimes. In the cold war, we had the military-industrial complex. Companies made $$ by making sure our military was supplied with better weapons than the russians. We called them defense contractors. Nowadays - these aeronautics companies are having hard times. The big winner is Halliburton. How do they make money? Well, when the US military goes somewhere and blows stuff up, they make their money on rebuilding, security, catering, etc. Does this suggest that we're in for decades of contractors with a vested interest in the USA blowing stuff up and causing trouble/violence? Cuz if so, we ain't gonna win in Iraq or anywhere else anytime soon.