Michael Totten

The Case Against Withdrawal

by Michael J. Totten
I will admit that sometimes I am this close to deciding the US should withdraw from Iraq. Honestly, I do not expect we will succeed there, not because we can’t but because not enough of us want to in the time it would take. We might not succeed after even ten years. I do not know, and I’m working on a long essay now about what I think the least disastrous way to withdraw would be. (To Kurdistan, basically, and lose only part of Iraq instead of all of it — a Korean war style exit instead of a Vietnam War style exit.)
Frederick Kagan makes the best case against withdrawing at all. Tempting as it is to cut our losses, I cannot argue with this.
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