The real problem that America faces in Iraq -- no matter how many individual battles are won -- was explained by the Kung Fu television series back in the early 1970s. In one of the show's flashback scenes, young Kwai Chang Caine is being trained in the martial arts. As a test, he must compete against a more experienced student. Caine is expected to play defense and block the attack of his opponent. Instead, he is pummeled, driven back and tossed to the floor. In shame, he tells his teacher that he has failed the test. Yet his teacher disagrees. In one of those philosophical moments the show was famous for, Caine is told that "He who attacks must vanquish. He who defends must merely survive."
Extra Bonus Geek Points: This same episode of Kung Fu guest-starred Harrison Ford.