Gary Hart, military historian and strategist. (Yes, that Gary Hart):
Recently one of Islamic Shi’ites’ most revered sites, the golden mosque at Samarra, was destroyed by sectarian enemies. By this act and the reprisals that followed, Iraq moved a substantial step closer to civil war. Though a remote, but real, possibility, an Iraqi civil war could cost the United States its army.
Hopefully, leaders are planning for this possibility….It is strange to contemplate the possibility that the greatest army in world history could be slaughtered in a Middle East conflagration. [emphasis Murdoc’s]
What sparked Mr. Hart’s concern? Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. (Really. I’m not making this up.) Well, and a bit of more-recent history, as well:
The United States lost one war not too long ago in Vietnam. Conditions are taking shape that could result in the same outcome in Iraq.