Well, isn't it self-evident
that the purpose of a Global War on Terror should be to fight a focused war on actual terrorist cells where they are known to exist in the most prudent, efficient way possible? If the focus in Iraq is now not so much fighting terror as it once was, because "things change", as you suggest, then I wonder if the focus there ever really was about fighting terror, and I wonder if the Iraq campaign is really a legitimate part of the GWOT. To me, it doesn't make too much sense.
But thanks for the links. I will investigate. I never dismiss anything out of hand without consideration.
And I hope you're right about our ability to both massively reform the Middle East and fight terror at the same time. I have severe doubts, as you know by now. We are definitely stretched thin at this point.