Like the period before the tet offensive you still had a large number of people belieaving that the war in iraq was winnable. You had gogo stocks. A rising asian power japan. You had diehards saying that the us was winning, and that the viet cong was in their last throws. The vietcong lost, but the pyhcology of seeing vietcongs on the footsteps of the us embassy changed peoples perception that the war was winnable. The same situation is occuring in iraq. Except the Republicans and bush are leaving the receipes for this situation to occur. Not a full scale attack on americans, but an all out sectarian violence. The americans are pulling out thousands of troops before the elections. They are now down to 133K troops. Even at full strength the americans control of iraq was strenious. At that time right after the hurricanes the insurgents and sectarians know that the american forces would be to strained with domestic issues *hurricanes* *border security*to send reinforcements to iraq. If they could, it wouldnt be quick. So if a fullscale sectarian civil war was to break out, that would be the time. If american's saw an all out riot/battle, broadcast right out of the greenzone, that would be a paradyme shifting moment, just like the tet offensive.