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NYT: Early US Exit Will Ignite Regional Conflicts

Is the New York Times having second thoughts about its relentless campaign for immediate surrender in Iraq?

First we have this:


U.S. Envoy Offers Grim Prediction on Iraq Pullout

By JOHN F. BURNS and ALISSA J. RUBIN

Published: July 10, 2007

BAGHDAD, July 9 — As the Senate prepares to begin a new debate this week on proposals for a withdrawal from Iraq, the United States ambassador and the Iraqi foreign minister are warning that the departure of American troops could lead to sharply increased violence, the deaths of thousands and a regional conflict that could draw in Iraq’s neighbors.

Two months before a pivotal assessment of progress in the war that he and the overall American military commander in Iraq are to make to the White House and Congress in September, Ryan C. Crocker, the ambassador, laid out a grim forecast of what could happen if the policy debate in Washington led to a significant pullback or even withdrawal of American forces, perhaps to bases outside the major cities.

“You can’t build a whole policy on a fear of a negative, but, boy, you’ve really got to account for it,” Mr. Crocker said Saturday in an interview at his office in Saddam Hussein’s old Republican Palace, now the seat of American power here. Setting out what he said was not a policy prescription but a review of issues that needed to be weighed, the ambassador compared Iraq’s current violence to the early scenes of a gruesome movie.

“In the States, it’s like we’re in the last half of the third reel of a three-reel movie, and all we have to do is decide we’re done here, and the credits come up, and the lights come on, and we leave the theater and go on to something else,” he said. “Whereas out here, you’re just getting into the first reel of five reels,” he added, “and as ugly as the first reel has been, the other four and a half are going to be way, way worse.”

Hoshyar Zebari, the foreign minister, sounded a similar warning at a Baghdad news conference on Monday. “The dangers vary from civil war to dividing the country or maybe to regional wars,” he said, referring to an American withdrawal. “In our estimation the danger is huge. Until the Iraqi forces and institutions complete their readiness, there is a responsibility on the U.S. and other countries to stand by the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people to help build up their capabilities.” …

And from the same issue of the New York Times:

Iraqi Warns of Grave Results if U.S. Pulls Out

By STEPHEN FARRELL
Published: July 9, 2007

BAGHDAD, July 9 — The Iraqi foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, warned today that an early American withdrawal from Iraq could bring on an all-out civil war and regional conflict, pointedly telling the United States that it had responsibilities to continue lending support to the Baghdad government.

Mr. Zebari also asserted that Iraq’s neighbor Turkey had massed 140,000 troops near his country’s northern border and urged it to resolve differences with dialogue, not through force.

Mr. Zebari was speaking after a violent weekend in which more than 220 people were killed in Iraq, including 150 by a truck bomb in one of the deadliest single attacks since the American invasion in March 2003.

Asked if the Iraqi government’s was aware of the growing pressure on President Bush from Congress to impose a timetable for withdrawing American forces from Iraq, Mr. Zebari said his government was holding a “dialogue” with some congressmen.

“We explain to them the dangers of a speedy withdrawal and leaving a security vacuum, and the dangers vary from civil war to dividing the country or maybe to regional wars,” he said.

“Some people might disagree with this assessment, but in our estimation the danger is huge. Until the Iraqi forces and institutions complete their readiness, there is a responsibility on the U.S. and other countries to stand by the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people to help build up their capabilities.” …

Of course this is simply The Times backfilling, so that when the inevitable happens they can say they "told us so."

For usually any article that bothers to address the probable results of a precipitous withdraw of US forces from Iraq only mentions that Sunnis and Shiites will kill each other off. To which any rational person can only respond, “good riddance.”

However, the real consequences of a US defeat in Iraq are far more extensive and dire. Of course the New York Times doesn’t ever get around to actually addressing them.

But if the US leaves now the Iraqi government will collapse. And it is a near certainty that sooner rather than later majority Shiite in Iraq will be absorbed by majority Shiite Iran.

We will then face a world where a dangerously large portion of the world’s accessible oil reserves are in the hands of a madman.

The media and the rest of the America-hating lunatic left have artfully managed to criminalize any mention of oil in the war on terror. But this is as much of a war for oil as World War II was. In fact, far more so.

With Ahmadinejad calling the tune we will have a choice of submitting to the eradication of Israel and converting to Islam — or facing a worldwide economic catastrophe.

And how many people will die then?

Of course we could always go to war with this new "Greater Iran." But it would be a far larger and more costly war than we are in now. And one we would have to undertake entirely alone.

And, needless to say, it is a war Democrats would never sanction.

Instead, the Democrats and their slaveys in the media are doing their level best to bring on this worldwide disaster.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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