The most advanced army in history swept Saddam Hussein out of power, but it has not put down the Iraqi insurgents or quelled sectarian violence. Congress has passed another record Pentagon spending bill, but critics say it's designed to fight the wars of the past, not those of the future. The US is hunkering down for the long term to fight the war against terror. Despite years of promises, the country has not been rebuilt. The newly elected government has not restored order. Sectarian violence looks like civil war, and the death toll is staggering. But recent reports indicate that Iraqis blame the American occupation. Will overwhelming use of military power create more enemies than it helps to defeat? Are hearts and minds more important than high-tech weapons?
Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Max Boot, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and columnist for the Washington Post (@MaxBoot)
Winslow Wheeler, Center for Defense Information