What would an American defeat in Iraq mean? Would evil Iraqis conquer the United States, force us all to speak Arabic, and convert us to Islam? Hardly. There is no threat whatsoever to the American people from the sectarian fighters in Baghdad or elsewhere in that country. Even the Iraqis who form the local al-Qaeda chapter have no designs on the United States. Indeed, they have their hands full in their own country. And their hands would be even fuller if the United States should withdraw. Even most Sunnis in Iraq despise the al-Qaeda types and their brutal methods. If anything holds the disparate Sunni factions together, it’s their common animosity to the U.S. occupation. So in what sense would “we” lose? From the standpoint of the American people, it would be no loss at all. Rather, it would be a victory.
Read the rest of my latest op-ed, "What's to Lose?" at The Future of Freedom Foundation website.
Cross-posted at Liberty & Power.