This is important: Attacks on Troops Plummet After Fallujah Rout :
Terrorist attacks against U.S. troops and security forces in Iraq have plummeted dramatically in the wake of the Marine assault on Fallujah earlier this month, the Pentagon said Monday. "Military officials report that attacks across all of Iraq have dropped from 130 to 50 per day," Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski told NBC's "Nightly News."
This doesn't sound like a "quagmire" to me. It sounds more like a strategy that is working.