Would withdrawal from Iraq worsen relations between the Middle East and the United States?

  • The U.S. reputation was hurt by going into Iraq but, now that we are there, it will be hurt again if we leave and the region destabilizes into a civil war between the various factions and religious sects.

    When the U.S. pulls out of Iraq and the region destabilizes or goes into civil war, we will be blamed for the atrocities that happen. We are stuck now, and need to continue on in Iraq in the non-combat and training role we have been doing and slowly pull out. The faster and more abrupt we leave Iraq with our current 42,000 troops, the more likely we will be blamed for anything that goes wrong.

    Posted by: JazzyGarfield
  • The United States greatest ally is Israel, and we are essentially there to protect them.

    The United States can not withdraw from Iraq, because of Israel. The only reason Iraq is around is to try to eliminate Israel. We can not allow Iraqi people to continue to fight a holy war with the people of Israel. If the U.S. withdrew their troops, we would be leaving the Jews to defend themselves in an area that is of a Muslim majority. The U.S. has too much at stake to withdraw from Iraq.

    Posted by: IntelligentLuis84
  • Leaving the area completely now would show that we have lost interest in their country and their problems.

    I do think that we need to have all of our troops home at some point, but we cannot entirely walk away from this situation just because it has not been going very well. I think it would show the people there who want their country to be better that we are not interested and I think that it would show other countries that if a fight is too hard we will walk away. I think it would be good to re-strategize and see if we can gradually withdraw troops, but if we could not do this without making a positive impact on the safety and happiness of the regular people in the Middle East, we will have went through all of this for nothing.

    Posted by: lachercheuse
  • Withdrawal from Iraq would greatly improve relations with the Middle East, because the U.S. would be seen as less of an imperialist nation.

    The Middle East has a startlingly negative opinion of the United States. The U.S. is looked at as an imperialist power, using force to force unpopular and foreign on the native populations of the region. The occupation of Iraq is one part of that image, and withdrawal from Iraq will help to rectify it. If the United States withdraws from Iraq, it will acknowledge that Iraq is capable of choosing its own destiny, and managing its own affairs. The image of the imperialist U.S. in the Middle East will be weakened, and it won't be as effective of a terrorist recruiting tool. Withdrawal from Iraq will not sour U.S.-Middle East relations, but rather improve them.

    Posted by: A Bass
  • How could it be worse

    Seems to me we only complicate matters, we are seen as invaders and manipulative trying to direct matters to our interests. If I can see things that way imagine if you where an Iraqi and how would you feel if another country tried to interfere with your way of life.

  • Withdrawals of troops from Iraq would be a mistake.

    I think that if we withdraw troops from Iraq we will end up going through all the hard work we have put in so far. It is important that we help Iraq to establish a administration that will be driven by USA. The terrorist needs to be controlled before we take our troops out of Iraq.

  • Arabs hate us because we occupy their territory.

    Reading literature written by Osama Bin Laden and others, it becomes apparent that Arab Muslims do hate America. However, they do not hate it ideologically. They hate it because it occupies their 'holy territory' that they believe should be their exclusive domain. The Middle East is plagued by a variety of problems which the US has to deal with because of their presence their. These problems are such that no matter how we deal with them, there is no good solution. If we withdraw, those who try to discredit us will have to take up the burden we have carried. As their incapability becomes clear, those who discredit us become discredited, changing the Middle Eastern opinion of the United States.

  • I don't see how it would

    it may not significantly improve or relations but with us gone there's not much they could do to us.

  • I do not think withdrawal from Iraq would worsen relations between the Middle East and the United States because most Middle Easterners would like the US to reduce or eliminate its military presence.

    I do not think withdrawal from Iraq would worsen relations with the Middle East because I believe they would welcome the idea of having a reduced military presence from the United States. The damage was done when the United States entered Iraq. Those effects will be felt whether the United States stays in Iraq or not.

    Posted by: InquisitiveMike
  • Withdrawal from Iraq would let the Middle East know that the USA is not trying to control their resources.

    The USA is oftentimes in the middle of battles for resources in the third world countries. Our foreign policy needs to improve and not be based on dominating and controlling other countries resources when our help is not wanted. We need to embrace the 21st century and provide help when it is asked, not by invading other countries for reasons that are false. We entered Iraq under false pretenses and we should get out. We can develop energy resources another way.

    Posted by: DisillusionedGilberto67
  • Withdrawal from Iraq may actually improve relations with the Middle East.

    A reason for some of the tension is the occupation of Iraq by the United States. If the United States were to withdraw from Iraq, it might just help improve relations with the Middle East.

    Posted by: AverageHoward86
  • Those most extreme in the Middle East want us out of there as soon as possible.

    If we were to assist in stabilizing Iraq, and just get out, this may help
    ease tensions a little. But, there will always be this hatred of the U.S. in the Middle East. If we could keep out of business there completely, then that
    would lessen our troubles with them. But, often, circumstances make that
    impossible. It's pretty much a lose-lose situation.

    Posted by: MarsBIue
  • No, a withdrawal from Iraq would not worsen relations between the Middle East and the United States because those that hate us could not hate us any more.

    Most of the Middle East already hates the United States about as much as they can possibly hate another country, the US leaving Iraq could only improve matters. Some of the people free loading off the United States efforts, construction companies that are skimming off the top and such might dislike the end of a free ride, but they are scum any ways. A withdrawal from Iraq could only improve relations with the average citizen, only the rich and powerful who benefited from the occupation would care if the US left.

    Posted by: H_Baird
  • No, if anything, it might make better U.S. and Middle Eastern relations, since the Muslims did not want U.S. occupying forces on their land in the first place.

    If anything, withdrawal from Iraq might finally improve the U.S. relations with the Middle Eastern world somewhat. Many Arab Muslims are very proud of their culture, religion, and heritage, and look at Americans as occupying forces, which are disrespectful of their religious traditions and culture, and should not be there in the first place. If Americans finally leave Iraq alone, Iraqis might become more friendly toward the United States.

    Posted by: P5ych0Ogdan

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