Yes, it would have given them a fake media created victory.
Ever hear of the Battle of the Humvee? That's what I'm calling a May skirmish fought by soldiers of the 37th Armored Regiment's 2nd Battalion in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf. In what became a six-hour firefight, Americans battled militiamen of Muqtada al-Sadr to secure the hulk of a burning Humvee. It's not that our soldiers fought because the flaming wreck amounted to a tin can's worth of military value. They fought,as Capt. Ty Wilson of Fairfax, Va., explained to The Washington Post, because "we weren't going to let them dance on it for the news. Even [with] all the guys they lost that day, that still would have given them victory."
Anti-Bush and anti-American print and television reporters would have photographed and videotaped Sadr's men jumping up and down on the burning hulk of an American Humvee and splashed the sight all over the world as proof that America is losing in Iraq. This sight would, hopefully for them, demoralize the American people and give the Michael Moore's of the world just one more reason to smile and shake their heads at our silly arrogance. It would be more proof that our adventures in Iraq were ill conceived and that we should just pull out immediately to spare any more humiliations.
That's what the media is doing in Iraq. And our soldiers are fighting them just as fiercely, albeit without shooting them, as they are the violent enemy who is trying to destroy Iraq.