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The "Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus"
"Rep. Waters said: 'The Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus is a newly formed effort whose sole purpose is to be the main agitators in the movement to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Our efforts will include the coordination of activities and legislation designed to achieve our goal of returning our troops home. Through floor statements, press conferences, TV and radio appearances and other actions, we will provide leadership for the American Public who has been waiting too long for our collective voices against the war.'
Sure, its way too late to say "We never should have gone in to Iraq in the first place". But now that we're in Iraq, we're stuck in a lose-lose situation that we do not have the leadership to deal with, and for that, I will be eternally miffed at those who were cheeleaders for this war out of some perverse desire to bomb brown people in revenge for 9-11.
But I'm of two minds when it comes to just pulling our soldiers out. Only because I feel that we've taken responsibility for the country by creating a vacuum of power. We went in there and deposed the government, disbanded the army and inserted ourselves as the sole governing power. If we leave, we might instigate a power struggle that could lead to a nasty civil war, as various factions take up arms and battle for the prize; an oil rich country. Its a gamble, the Iranians might get involved, the Kurds might decide to secede, the Bathists might return (or they might get slaughtered by a new government), or the country could just descend into a long term civil war with various groups all trying to kill each other.
I'm not even remotely qualified to predict what might happen. For that I would turn to people who know the dynamics of the country.
On the other hand though, I realize that pulling the U.S. out of Iraq would delegitimize some of the power of the insurgents, who are, no doubt, using the presence of foriegn troops on their home soil as recruiting material and as justification for their actions. Without that excuse they might lose what support (or tolerance) they have from the Iraqi people, who might, once rid of Saddam and given an opportunity to create a government of their own choice, form a compromise government that would allow everyone to just go about the business of going about their lives once again.
Its a coin toss from how I see things, but so is staying in Iraq. I would feel bad if we just pulled out without making some effort to get things moving in the right direction. Unfortunately we have an administration in power that I have no faith will do right by the people of Iraq. Their own self-interested goals preclude that possibility. I'm even more sad that we passed on a chance to replace this president with one that might have given us a chance to solve this mess with some dignity intact.
But, I have to remind myself, the past is the past. Let's think about how we might get out of this mess, even with Bush in office.
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