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Feb 11, 2007


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David Boyd

...quitting...will leave a blood bath, a civil war, a terrorist haven, a "failed state," or some other horror. But this "aftermath" is already upon us; a prolonged U.S. occupation cannot prevent what already exists.

To say a blood bath already exists is to ignore how much worse it can become.

However, if an all-out civil war is to come after we leave, regardless of when that is, better to get on with it.


Noteworthy: "[W]e must acknowledge that most of our policies are actually destabilizing the region. Spreading democracy, using sticks to try to prevent nuclear proliferation, threatening "regime change," using the hysterical rhetoric of the "global war on terrorism" -- all undermine the stability we so desperately need in the Middle East."


The following are more interesting reads from General Odom dating back to 2005 and can be found at www.niemanwatchdong.org

“What’s wrong with cutting and running?”
Ask This | August 03, 2005
“Everything that opponents of a pullout say would happen if the U.S. left Iraq is happening already, says retired Gen. William E. Odom, the head of the National Security Agency during the Reagan administration. So why stay?”

“Want stability in the Middle East? Get out of Iraq!”
Commentary | November 11, 2005
“In his last piece for NiemanWatchdog.org, retired Gen. William Odom argued that all the terrible things the Bush administration says would happen if we pulled our troops out of Iraq are happening already. In a new postscript, Odom writes that the converse is true as well: Bush says he wants to bring democracy and stability to the greater Middle East -- but in fact the only way to achieve that goal is to get out of Iraq now.”

“Iraq through the prism of Vietnam”
Commentary | March 08, 2006
“Those who say Iraq is nothing like Vietnam have another guess coming, says retired Gen. William Odom. He lists striking similarities and asserts that only after it pulls out of Iraq can the U.S. hope for international support to deal with anti-Western forces.”

“A reverse domino theory may be playing out in the Middle East”
Commentary | July 17, 2006
“Gen. William Odom says Vice President Cheney has it all wrong when he warns that the U.S. must stay in Iraq because failure there could prompt collapse elsewhere. In fact, now it looks like a new Arab-Israeli war could be breaking out precisely because our actions in Iraq have emboldened Iran and Syria.”

“Six brutal truths about Iraq”
Commentary | December 11, 2006
“General William Odom, one of the earliest advocates of an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, attacks some of the mythologies that are interfering with an honest debate about how to proceed in the Middle East and says the media have failed to recognize dramatic changes in the region.”

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