Comments (edited to make me look better) I left to the Left Coaster post Jeopardy – the Iraq edition:
I think just leaving is actually the worst of all solutions for a number of reasons. The first is legal – we broke it we fix it – occupying powers are responsible for security so it would be illegal for us to just leave. When we say “they” don’t want us there, who do we mean? Iraq is not a “they” it is millions of individuals with different interests and concerns. (Most Americans mean brown people when they think of any “they” anywhere…)
The second is thinking about what happens if we do leave. Civil war will kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. So would chaos. An Islamic Republic would enslave the women. The most likely result is Iran takes over the Shiite terrirories – and the oil.
And, frankly, we must not leave behind a determined enemy with all the resources of an oil-rich nation-state. When we invaded it was not that, but it could be that now.
And out of that chaos will come a national security nightmare that we can not now even imagine.
And if the US does cut and run with those results “the left” will be blamed for decades.
My “position” on Iraq is that we should send as many troops as is needed to restore order, allow them to develop a stable government and rebuild the infrastructure of Iraq. That is my position.
This would require a draft, and taxes sufficient to pay for the effort (incuding reconstructing Iraq.) If we instead ask the UN to take over, we should be the ones who pay for their forces and the reconstruction.
I know it will never happen, but this is the legal, moral and responsible thing to do. WE – Bush in our name – invaded the country, destroyed its stability (maybe now people understand why Iraq had such a tyrannical regime) and destroyed its infrastructure.
I do not advocate any other position. If we are going to cut and run and allow Iraq and the region to descend into murderous chaos, let that be on the head of Bush and the Right who brought this on.
Advocating cutting and running is advocating letting the Republicans off the hook and offering to shoulder the blame in their place.