There is a special kind of idiocy behind statements like this, around which I have an extreme difficulty to wrap my head, especially coming from the US defence establishment.
First, I don't mean to be an ass, but I don't remember Iraq war being some sort of stellar success story, from which all of us are supposed to take notes.
Second, completely different situations. In Iraq the US was the liberator (such as it was...) from an oppressive regime, which had very little popular support, and US was perceived as such and welcomed (at least in the beginning). Hamas is very much a popular movement in the Territories (and especially in Gaza), whilst Israel is the enemy. We are not trying to "liberate" anybody or "win hearts and minds", we are trying to crash an essentially massively popular movement, whose end goal is Israel complete obliteration. Nobody was trying to win hearts in minds in Japan or Germany prior to surrender, and this is where we are at.
you need to learn how to read between the lines when it comes to the sh*tty u.s foreign policy
the u.s presidential elections is right around the corner.... and given that 90% of the u.s is woke culture these days ..... america needs to snake around when it comes to wording their opinion.
in u.s other words..... israel will win .... but israel have to say yes to what we say so that our karens,lgbt,trans and other pronouns will be happy