- It would save the lives of many American troops and allow them to return home.
- It may motivate terrorist insurgents to stop attacking innocent
civilians in Iraq.
- It will free up billions of dollars in funds that can be used for education, social security,
renewable energy research, etc.
- It will push Iraqi lawmakers to come to more agreements in running the new democracy.
- World opinion of the United States will continue to get worse until we withdraw.
- Much of the Muslim world resents the presence of American troops, and
it is an easy source of terrorist
- Troops can be redeployed to Afghanistan and other areas where they're needed.
- Iraq is no longer the direct threat to the U.S. that it was under Saddam, and we have no business
fighting in its civil war.
- We can help the new Iraqi government without providing troops; for example, we can provide arms, money,
- More troops in Iraq means we have less available in the U.S. to help out in natural disasters and
domestic threats to security.
- We need to turn our attention to Iran, North Korea, and other threats to world peace.
- A true Sunni-Shiite civil war could ensue, resulting in ten times the current bloodshed.
- The longer we stay, the more time Iraqi politicians have to work out government structure differences, and the
more time Iraqi troops & police have to train.
- We may have to re-invade if we don't stabilize the country since it could become a terrorist haven or could
bring to power another Saddam.
The bloodshed currently confined to Iraq could spread to neighboring countries, resulting in not just an
Iraqi civil war, but a Sunni-Shiite regional civil war.
- It gives the U.S. military a chance to hunt down and kill terrorists.
- It would give Al Qaeda a symbolic victory and become the basis of future recruiting propaganda.
- It would invite similar terrorist/guerilla tactics in future wars since the tactics resulted in a victory
that a conventional military couldn't achieve over the U.S. military.
- As long as we stay, Iran (the leading terrorist-sponsor state) will face the pressure of being
surrounded by American troops, and Iraq will provide another launching base if we're
forced to invade.
- It's giving American troops valuable guerilla-war training that may be useful if the U.S. must engage terrorists in
other hot spots around the world.
- If we withdraw, the terrorists currently fighting American troops will likely be dispersed to civilian Western
- Iraqis who have supported and helped Americans could face death or torture.
- American troops remain in the heart of the terrorist breeding ground, the Middle East, and can thus be
easily deployed to Syria, Iran, etc. if the need arises.
- Iraqi civilians may fear retribution once American troops leave and will therefore be unwilling to help us
further in our battle against terrorist insurgents.
- Oil prices could skyrocket if Iraq becomes more unstable, leading to $5/gallon gas prices and a major recession
of the world economy.