"Now they've been in Iraq for, like, two months, and they're all whining about wanting to come home, demanding Rumsfeld's resignation on Good Morning America,"
You are posting totaly inaccurate information..
Most US troops have been there for almost 1 year now, including the build up in Kuwait. It's terribly Hot there, terribly hot. It makes people's jobs that much harder when you can't sleep at night because the tempature never drops.
My Uncle a Lt.Colnel in the USMC
Reserves out of San Diego got back about a month ago, the conditions there he said are the worst. The heat and the total lack of decent services over there is putting a tremendous strain on the troops.
The troops are angry not because of the cause, but because many were "promised" or under the impression that troop levels in Iraq would drop "dramatically" after the war.
Most thought they would be home a month or so after the war ended, there are 149,000 US troops in Iraq. They are hot (VERY VERY HOT
), tired, dirty and have been away from home and their loved ones for almost a year (more for some folks).
They have not lost "the will to fight" , on the contrary they are doing remarkably well. Almost all the "most wanted" have been captured, and attacks against US troops have dramatically decreased (no attacks in the past 7-10 days).
But they are looking for some relief, and they want to come home. Who blames them.
The relief will come first when the tempature starts dropping in the next couple months, that will make the comfort and morale of the troops jump almost more than anything except getting relieved and sent home.
And second when some more troops arrive, the heck with Germany and France what they need over there are the Turks, Indians and Pakistanis.
That's why they are going back to the UN, these Arab/Islamic/Muslim countries would take heat for joing the US in Iraq without permission from the UN to squash extremist protests in their own Countries.
Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the World, what they need to do is secure the infastructure, upgrade the infastructure and start pumping oil like crazy.
The US can be paid back through the oil revenues, if Iraq can get $3 Billion a month in sales going (easily attainable, and the goal for the rebuilding) then Iraq can take $1.5-2 of that $3 billion each month to continue their rebuilding and pay the US back with the other half.
If the US could receive $15-$18 Billion a year from Iraqi oil sales it would not take that long to pay back the $87 Billion, then you can add interest.
However it is not likely that they will be able to acheive that kind of oil revenue now, most likely 3-5 years from now.