Politico - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee billed Tuesday's appearances by Army Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker as a hearing on "Iraq After the Surge: What's Next?"
"Should the United States ... choose to withdraw from Iraq before adequate security is established, we will exchange for this victory a defeat that is terrible and long-lasting," McCain said in his opening statement. He said that Al Qaeda would declare victory and push for a "full-scale civil war that could descend into genocide and destabilize the Middle East," that Iraq would become a "failed state" and "a haven for terrorists to train and plan their operations" and that Iranian influence in the region would increase. "An American failure would almost certainly require us to return to Iraq or draw us into a wider and far, far costlier war," McCain said.
This is the same kind of talk the hawks used when discussing Vietnam. It was all garbage then and still is. It's just false propaganda coming from false-Zionist war-mongers with huge imperial ambitions in the region (Greater Israel) who are funding McCain. None of what McCain is saying would happen. In fact, very much the opposite would occur. The Iraqis would work it out. Iran would just remain a neighbor. Iraq would stabilize and seek normal relations with the U.S. and would not allow al Qaeda to come to dominate any of Iraq. Also, Iraq would not become an Islamic state in the sense of Iran.
Unless the CIA were to meddle, the situation with the Kurds would also be worked out.
Look, the US doesn't have a monopoly on brains. The Iraqis aren't incapable of running their country. They were a nation-state before any other on the planet with the possible exception of Egypt.
What they need is peaceful help and encouragement, not bullying.
, obtained via: , April 8, 2008, 5:36pm