American commanders are growing concerned that a recent spate of deadly bombings in Baghdad will cause the Iraqi government to lose focus on an upcoming assault on Mosul, the Islamic State held city which government troops have been encircling for weeks.
That is certainly one way that ISIL could divert the glorious killing blow against ISIL-held Mosul being planned with such precision over the last year and a half.
There are other ways:
I can say that giving an enemy time rarely works out. They may strike Paris. Hit Baghdad repeatedly. Use poison gas. Or exploit a weakness in Iraqi defenses to restore jihadi morale.
Or they might cause chaos in Baghdad. Because our "enemy" is a broad category that includes Sadr and his pro-Iran hand puppets as well as general corruption that undermines the rule of law that must be encouraged inside Iraq.
The Turks might cut a deal with Russia and pull out of the war in frustration at the cost of supporting the slow war to nowhere.
Who knows? Our enemies might collapse a dam to completely unhinge the Iraqi government's war effort, if not their legitimacy.
So, no, really, we should just take our time about getting the big push rolling.
What could go wrong?
UPDATE: And who could go wrong?
Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters who stormed into Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Friday and entered the cabinet building, drawing calls for revolt from a powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric.
That walking piece of breathing garbage, Moqtada al-Sadr, is the Iranian hand puppet cleric willing to stage another uprising.
We may yet rue the day we let that scumbag live.
Remember, Iran is not fighting ISIL for the same reasons we are. Iran sees the fight as a chance to take over Iraq and put a puppet government in charge in Baghdad.