Although the peoples of Afganistan never meant any war towards the US, their general populace accept us as an occupational force and understand that the Al Queda was our primary adversary and that the Taliban encouraged that adversarial relationship. Although we still have troops dying in Afganistan it is politely understood. Iraq, on the other hand, is not even comparable or understood. Iraq never had a Taliban or any organization of such religious zealotry that would compare to the Taliban. Iraq was and is a country that would rather do without all the political favoritisms of the US and be left to work out their territorial and religious differences amongst themselves. For most practical purposes, their territorial differences are small and in no way violent. Their religious differences are similar to the protestant/catholic skirmishes that develope right here in the USA. I know, I've been there. We don't hear much about the soldiers that we lose in Afganistan nowadays. We hear a lot about the Iraqi deployment KIA's and others. Iraq presents a trmendous economic advantage to the US while Afganistan is not yet so much of a potentially exploitable resourse of labor or mineral source of wealth. I wonder if the connection that I make is accurate?