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Argument: An early US withdrawal from Iraq would be generally disastrous

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*[http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20050901faessay84508/andrew-f-krepinevich-jr/how-to-win-in-iraq.html Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr. "How to Win in Iraq". Foreign Affairs. September/October, 2005] - "The administration's critics, meanwhile, have offered as their alternative 'strategy' an accelerated timetable for withdrawal. They see Iraq as another Vietnam and advocate a similar solution: pulling out U.S. troops and hoping for the best. The costs of such premature disengagement would likely be calamitous. The insurgency could morph into a bloody civil war, with the significant involvement of both Syria and Iran. Radical Islamists would see the U.S. departure as a victory, and the ensuing chaos would drive up oil prices." *[http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20050901faessay84508/andrew-f-krepinevich-jr/how-to-win-in-iraq.html Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr. "How to Win in Iraq". Foreign Affairs. September/October, 2005] - "The administration's critics, meanwhile, have offered as their alternative 'strategy' an accelerated timetable for withdrawal. They see Iraq as another Vietnam and advocate a similar solution: pulling out U.S. troops and hoping for the best. The costs of such premature disengagement would likely be calamitous. The insurgency could morph into a bloody civil war, with the significant involvement of both Syria and Iran. Radical Islamists would see the U.S. departure as a victory, and the ensuing chaos would drive up oil prices."
 +*[http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/02/iraq.scenarios/index.html "No safe way for U.S. to leave Iraq, experts warn." CNN.com. May 3, 2007] - "(CNN) -- Pulling U.S. forces from Iraq could trigger catastrophe, CNN analysts and other observers warn, affecting not just Iraq but its neighbors in the Middle East, with far-reaching global implications.
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 +:Sectarian violence could erupt on a scale never seen before in Iraq if coalition troops leave before Iraq's security forces are ready. Supporters of al Qaeda could develop an international hub of terror from which to threaten the West. And the likely civil war could draw countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran into a broader conflict."[...]
==Supporting videos== ==Supporting videos==
'''"Christopher Hitchens - Consequences of Withdrawal from Iraq"'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEL2J2puY3Q] '''"Christopher Hitchens - Consequences of Withdrawal from Iraq"'''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEL2J2puY3Q]
<youtube>iEL2J2puY3Q</youtube> <youtube>iEL2J2puY3Q</youtube>

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  • Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr. "How to Win in Iraq". Foreign Affairs. September/October, 2005 - "The administration's critics, meanwhile, have offered as their alternative 'strategy' an accelerated timetable for withdrawal. They see Iraq as another Vietnam and advocate a similar solution: pulling out U.S. troops and hoping for the best. The costs of such premature disengagement would likely be calamitous. The insurgency could morph into a bloody civil war, with the significant involvement of both Syria and Iran. Radical Islamists would see the U.S. departure as a victory, and the ensuing chaos would drive up oil prices."
Sectarian violence could erupt on a scale never seen before in Iraq if coalition troops leave before Iraq's security forces are ready. Supporters of al Qaeda could develop an international hub of terror from which to threaten the West. And the likely civil war could draw countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran into a broader conflict."[...]

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"Christopher Hitchens - Consequences of Withdrawal from Iraq"[1]

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