Why should we be helping the Iraqis if they are killing each other?
Peace is not a natural order in humankind. Violence is the natural way that mankind settles its differences. Many people have died in the struggle for peace in America.
Peace must be forced upon a populace. And the force used to implement peace must be overwhelming. One does not have to look back too far in our history to see what I'm talking about. Up to the 1960s, members of the KKK lynched innocent black people for no reason other than being black. In the lawless west, cattle barons wage war on farmers who erected fences on open range.
Whenever there isn't a large enough force to prevent civil unrest, groups of people will try to settle their differences with the sword. The problem in Iraq is not as complicated or difficult to understand as everyone seems to think.
There are two problems in Iraq: 1) an insurgency trying to take over the country. 2) civil unrest. Both of these problems can be easily dealt with, but America seems to be unwilling to make the commitment.
We have about 130,000 combat troops in Iraq. Those combat troops should be committed to securing the Iraqi border to stop the influx of insurgents and eliminate those insurgents already in theater.
We need to send a force of at least 200,000 military police to Iraq to stop the civil unrest. The only way the different factions in Iraq will settle their differences peacefully is if we force a state of peace upon them.
Any one who has ever been in a bar fight knows what I'm talking about. Tempers flair and fists fly until the cops show up. Only then does the matter get settled by dialog.
So, should congress cut the budget for Iraq? No. If America is serious with its intentions in the Middle-East, it will take more money and more troops. If we cut and run, the terrorists will be dogging us forever.