And the plan will probably work if we can finally get rid of Sadr and those like him. The tribal loyalties and the militias have always been a great problem along with a weak government. “Once more into the breach dear friends . . . .”
Why do we need to win? Because losing tactically will be an enormous strategic loss. Israel all ready had a loss or draw if you prefer, with Hamas. For American to suffer a loss would put us in a very dark corner for years.
That part of the world only understands power. If they can lie and negotiate for it they will. If they have to use terrorism, they will. And with losses by both Israel and the US they will be once again tempted to use a military solution. The ultimate goal(s) – wipe out Israel and bring Shira law to the west.
We need to come out of Iraq at a time we choose with Baghdad secure. Then it can go to hell.