Having lived in the Middle East for close to 3 years (Iran), and left when the Shah fell, even a teenager like me figured out that there was no way that the United States could ever win "anything" in the Middle East, because the vast majority are uneducated. Many cannot read and write, so therefore are under the influence of what is fed to them by extremists. Like someone else said, they have been brutally killing each other since time began, so how are we going to change that mentality, and believe me, it exists.
Who I feel for are the people who want a democratic way of life, much like the Western world. I worry for the families whose lives have been torn apart and may have lost everything. I'm also ashamed for the mess we left behind. I almost feel responsible for going in and cleaning it up, however, as I just said, it would be short term anyway, and we would constantly be battling terrorists and losing American lives. I lost a dad in Vietnam, another debacle. I don't want to see Iraq turn into a Vietnam.