You are right, and so is he. My experience in the region has been that most everyone appreciates the sacrifices of America(ns) and owe us a great deal. They know that the Arab states are ony united in the verbalisation of hated for the Zionist state and for setting oil prices.
We would do ourselves a dis-service, as well as dishonor those who sacrificed all by retreating.
BTW, you aon’t see it anywhere in the MSM, but there has not been an American casualty in Iraq for 8 days.