I have had two objections to the idea that we can “just leave” Iraq. One is that US and British troops are pretty much the only buffer preventing all-out civil war. The problem with this is that Bush is in charge and incompetent, so we do not have enough troops in Iraq to prevent a slower meltdown, which is occurring. The responsible thing to do is beg the UN to take over and send enough troops and promise to pay for the whole thing.
My second objection is that the idea that you can start a war and then call “time out” is ridiculous. Imagine of the Japanese had decided to “just leave” that war after the invaded Pearl Harbor – that just was not in the cards. And it probably isn’t in the cards for us either. Sure, we can “just leave” Iraq but that doesn’t end the war we started. It just brings it here.
Here is an idea. We created the mess. We destabilized the country and unleashed the forces that are tearing the country apart now – with the civilians in the middle. What if we offer to bring anyone who wants to come here transportation and a place to live? (Provided they are not in one of the militias, etc.) And then, maybe we CAN “just leave.”
I mean, with Bush in charge, anything you or I suggest is about as likely to happen as anything else (not), so why not propose the world? It doesn’t make any difference.