Victory in Iraq may be defined as follows: When our enemies’ activities can no longer threaten us in Iraq militarily, economically or politically we will have achieved victory in Iraq. Among such enemies are Saudi Arabia’s Wahabis and Iran’s terrorists and IEDs (Iranian Explosive Devices). Also threatening us in Iraq are Red China’s infiltration of the Iraqi oil industry and Russia’s support of Iran’s advanced weaponry program.
But, victory in Iraq is not our only concern in the region; the situation in Iraq certainly should not be considered in a vacuum. Victory for us in the Middle East is a larger matter; our military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are but two campaigns in our Middle East regional defense against devout Muslims (aka radical extremists).
Starting in Baghdad and Kabul, our road to victory in the Middle East passes through Islamabad, Qom, Damascus, Gaza, Riyadh, Beijing and the Kremlin.