Behind the scenes of this iraqi conflict there are a bunch of mathmeticians working out the best way to handle the situation in iraq. They figure out the payoff of each strategy and how to maximize the payoff. THe situation in iraq for anyone familiar with game theory is a more complicated version of the "Hawk-Dove" game. Politics has more math in it than you think. Mathematicians make our foreign policy. So criticize if you will but remember who makes the real decisions.