The debacle in Somalia is a model for these fighters and I feel that it was their hope was to kill enough Americans and Iraqis and burn enough cars and buildings every day for the benefit of the media that the American people would elect someone who would give in and leave so that they could forcibly take control of Iraq. Now that they are faced with four more years of someone committed to giving democracy a chance in Iraq and destroying them they may give up.
Of course, we have the UN trying to help the insurgent/terrorists by asking the US and Iraqis to be nice.
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, in a letter to President Bush disclosed Friday, warned that an assault on Fallujah "would be very disruptive of Iraq's political transition." "Persuading elements who are currently alienated from, or skeptical about, the transition process to compete politically is key to creating a political and security context that will inspire confidence among all Iraqis," Annan wrote.The Marines and Iraqi forces are going to persuade those alienated elements that Annan is worried about in a context that they will understand by being somewhat disruptive with superior fire power. Good. Long overdue.
Update: The Captain weighs in on Annan's letter.
Update: A Marine's letter to his Dad. (tip: INDC Journal)