We're stuck here while the culture and world around us is going to Hell in that infamous basket.
America is on the path of 'going dhimmi'. Half our grandsons will most likely be Muslims. The hookup between Jihadist Islam and the Internatioanl Left is bind and shrink the Church. 14-year-old boys are crucified in Bhagdad neighborhoods - doors away from the safety of the Green Zone. How soon will they raise crosses in downtown St Louis?
Totalitarian Islam scents its victory and isn't even bothering with that infamous Muslim sanction to double-talk.
I do not say that simply for effect. Close attention to the state of the world since the Mid-Term Elections confirms the observation. That attention may be souring the glee some of us had with the results - the black-eyeing that lying SOB.
As I think Victor can attest (though I partially blame his influence ;) you'd be hard-pressed to find someone more cynical than me about either the war or the current state of world affairs. In my opinion, the mid-term elections almost certainly sealed the fate of the non-terrorist inhabitants of Iraq and I find much of the analysis that takes place here to be rather compelling with one exception: the lack of mention of al-Qaeda, which is now the dominant force within the Sunni insurgency. Most of the American public, politicians, and commentators do not want to talk about this for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that doing so requires them to frame phased withdrawl within parameters that they are likely to find politically inconvenient.
Concerning fears of the US sinking into dhimmitude, I would note that while an ad-hoc coalition of transnational progressives and conservative "realists" appear to once again be ascendant within the US at the expense of neoconservatives and traditional conservatives, their power will only be secure until a visible public crisis emerges, at which point the inherent weaknesses and contradictions of those positions will be exposed and they will likely fall from power. I think that we would do well to remember that the Democrats did not so much win the mid-term elections as the GOP lost it. A major component of this is due to the fact that Bush has attempted to balance Winston Churchill's foreign policy with Calvin Coolidge's domestic policy and the synergy has been lacking, to say the least. Judging from the Gates confirmation hearings, it seems to me that he is now retreating from the former as well, which should deprive him of all but the most tribal GOP support.
This is a massive defeat and setback and, make no mistake, one that is likely going to cost tens of thousands of lives, most of them initially being Muslim civilians. I fully expect al-Qaeda to control large swaths of the Iraqi Sunni regions as well as most Somalia and Pakistan, including at least some of the latter's nuclear arsenal. When combined with the emergence of a nuclear Iran that I see as inevitable at this point due to our own inaction, that makes for a very worrisome picture for the future that will probably involve at least one American city being engulfed in a mushroom cloud at some future date.
That said, even if al-Qaeda starts nuking cities I don't expect mass conversions to Islam any time soon. Becoming a Salafist isn't liking joining the Communist Party and those most likely to take that step lack the sufficient resolve to believe in anything, which is one of the reasons why they're being rolled over right now. In this regard conversion to Islam would probably be an improvement for them since it would require at least some semblance of core convictions.
So let's not get overly alarmist here. Islamists are not likely to be setting up the Caliphate stateside any time soon and even in Europe it'll probably take them at least another decade before they're ready to move. Only I don't think they'll make it that far because of their tendency to overreach. A lot of people are going to die in the coming conflict that everyone except the chattering classes can see coming, but I don't plan on giving into despair just because we lost the opening round.