posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 08:32 PM
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
As regards Iraq, If I had the power, I would start withdrawing troops now and we'd be completely out of there by election time. We had no business
going there and we have no business being there.
Iraq is now a republic and one of very few U.S. allies in the region. Regardless of whether you or I supported the U.S.-led overthrow of Saddam's
Ba'athist regime, the initial invasion decimated the Iraqi military.
Without a U.S. presence, Shi'ites in the south, with Iranian backing, would attempt to exact retribution on the Sunnis for their favoritism under
Saddam. For now, a civil war has been averted. With a weakened army of their own, Iraq would be very vulnerable should Iran attempt a full-scale
The situation is much more similar to South Korea than to Japan. In Japan, we disarmed them completely as a condition of surrender and are now
responsible for their defense. We are definately "occupiers". In South Korea and Iraq, we are there to aid in their defense and security. Iraq
has been given full sovereignty and if they demand that we leave then we'll have to leave, so we are not "occupiers".
I also think that if McCain is elected, we have many war years in the Middle East ahead of us. If people think Iraq is bad, just elect McCain
and we'll see just how bad it can get.
Why do you think this? If Obama is elected and fully withdraws our troops according to an arbitrary timetable of 14 months (as he did in January
'07) having nothing to do with stability and security, there would be an increased likelihood of all-out civil war Iranian backing resulting in
another U.S./NATO/U.N./whatever broad invasion resulting in further U.S. casualties.
First secure, then stabilize, rebuild Iraqi defense and, finally, withdraw IF both the U.S. and Iraq believe it is our mutual interests to withdraw.