We are leaving. They are not ready to stand up and defend the Iraq we are leaving. They have powerful political and religious conflicts that have been kept down by our presence. Stand by for any/all of the following:
- Religious/ethnic cleansing dramatically increases. Being anything but the right kind of muslim is about to become very hazardous for the health of anyone in Iraq
- International aggression. Iran will have basically no impediment to taking a large swath of Iraq and making it into the “greater persia” Savage tried to warn us about
- Domestic pressure, rising even to the level of a civil war. The Kurds still are there, you know. The partitioning some of us tried to lobby for may happen without us, after we tried so hard to prevent it.
^ The beginning of something horrible?
And why are we leaving before the local government is ready to defend itself? Duh! It’s an election year! There was no defined goal, so there was no victory. In Vietnam at least we had a definite victory before we left the locals to
defend themselves twist in the wind.