What this puts the lie to is the myth from Vietnam that if not for the cold war the US would have just gone in and won the war. The US controls the entry space of Iraq, and yet can not construct any political solution which will meet what ever Bush's objects in Iraq are (who knows anymore?)
Insurgency of this form evolved out of the colonial period as a form of 3rd resistance. Lessons learned in Africa and Asia were spread via China and Russia to nations that asserted nationalist dreams in the wost WWII period. In Iraq old test principles for defeating a big power are being used as they were in Algeria. The US simply can not separate fighters from support.