Bob Owens has a couple of must read posts on Iraq. In one he talks about what is necessary to win in Iraq.
Let our soldiers use their massive advantages in firepower, training, and communications to take the fight to the enemy. Quit trying to fight a “nice” war. Such weakness does not result in a victory; to win a war the other side must realize that they cannot hope to win. It should go without saying, but if the other side doesn’t feel defeated, then it isn’t be defeated. Enable our soldiers to rely on their training and instincts and remove the overly cumbersome rules of engagement that restrict our soldiers to the point they are fighting a defensive war.
In the other post, Owens talks about why the way Democrats propose approaching Iraq is not a winning strategy.