Stakes in Iraq are high, but how high?
Time and again, President Bush has insisted that his administration will settle for nothing less than “complete victory” in Iraq. Likewise, prominent members of Congress, such as Sens. John McCain (R) and Joseph Lieberman (D), have said America “cannot afford to lose.” Yet as a new Iraqi government inches toward taking more responsibility, what the United States will accept as victory is much more than a rhetorical exercise to reassure the American public about the course of the war. Rather, defining victory serves as a measuring stick of when and if the US should begin to disengage. Full Story