From Daniel Benjamin, former NSC staffer, in the LA Times on Nov. 24, a good counter to those who claim that leaving now (or soon) would mean a jihadi base in Iraq.
One key passage:
The suggestion that a jihadist takeover in Iraq would follow a U.S. withdrawal verges on preposterous. It is the latest in a parade of straw men dispatched to scare up support for wrongheaded and failed policies.
With this post, I am creating a new sub-category, exiting Iraq (under US foreign policy) to assemble various discussions of how to think about extricating ourselves from this mess. Posts specifically on Iraq’s elections will continue to be under VOTES–>Iraq (or the Iraq subdomain).
The subtext here is that I do no believe support for Iraqi democracy and support for an exit of US forces are contradicatory. In fact, the former depends on the latter.