The US is having a rough time in Iraq and the world.
The problem with the US position in Iraq is that it adopted a highly moral position that if it bombed a country and toppled its ruler, it was obligated to stick around for reconstruction, and to do so in a way that minimized casualties.
Trying to "do good" has been extremely costly for the US in terms of both lives and dollars, and has perhaps also cost Iraq in terms of net lives lost vs. a more blunt and brutal approach to restoring law and order.
For its efforts, the US has been vilifed by the West and is now viewed as the source of all evil in the world.
A decadent West will pay the price in spades if the US fails in Iraq. Its feeble response to continued terrorism and subversion will be to offer to hold Rock Concerts for Peace, under the banner "Give Appease a Chance".
These will last until the terrorists get the bright idea of bombing one. And then we'll see how brave the Hollywood set really are.