Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Granite Bay, CA, USA
War on Terror: Seriously....
I have been listening to the debate for awhile now, followed the elections/media/polls, listened to the troop increase vs. redeployment (withdrawal) debate and the latest Congressional dialogue on the subject.
I think most of us are reasonable people. We all, for the most part, want the same things in life, safety, good health, a few bucks in the bank, etc.. Yes, Ted Kennedy and George Bush want the same things, they just disagree on how to make them happen.
When I hear the debate about Iraq in terms of what we, the United States of America, should do, what I don't hear from those advocating the position of, essentially, "get out" is a prediction about the consequences of that action.
If we stay engaged in Iraq, we certainly have influence in that country, regardless of whether that is good, or bad.
If we leave we have substantially less influence over the direction that country heads. Seems that this would be self evident, but I am saying it as a premise to my question:
If the United States of America leaves Iraq before ensuring that our objectives are met, which is an Iraq that is democratic, at peace with it's neighbors and an ally in the war on terror, then what are the likely long term consequences of failing to meet those objectives;
for the Middle East?
for the United States?
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