Dean says: "An American pullout could endanger the United States in any of three ways, Dean said: by leaving a Shiite theocracy worse than that in Iran, which he called a more serious threat than Iraq ever was; by creating an independent Kurdistan in the north, with destabilizing effects on neighboring Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iran and Syria, and by making the Sunni Triangle a magnet for Islamic terrorists similar to the former Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. "That's where Al Qaida will set up," he said."
I agree with Dean on this first point. An angry Iraq along with an angry Iran would not help America at all. It would also not make sense in light of one of the reasons I feel we went into Iraq in the first place. Iraq was failing to be a counter weight to Iran, so having them on the both sides would hurt, not just us, but the world.
The second reasons is bunk. It might "destabilize" Turkey, Iran, and Syria. It would be sad to see Turkey brought down with Iran and Syria, but seeing both Iran and Syria destablized probably would be a good thing. Though the cost in human life and suffering would be immense, the Kurds do deserve their own country, but only they can pay that price.
The third reason makes even less sense. All of "Al Qaida" will go there??? Well....hmmm.....that is better than having them spread out over the whole of Iraq. We would at least know where to drop the nukes.
The title of the article is "Howard Dean warns of danger in Iraq pullout".
Dean says:""Now that we're there, we're there and we can't get out," he told an audience of nearly 1,000 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. "The president has created an enormous security problem for the United States where none existed before. But I hope the president is incredibly successful with his policy now that he's there.""
The thing is that in the 2004 election were there and could not leave also. The only things that have changed between the election and now are successful elections in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The only thing I have to say to Dean, is that he should be careful of what he wishes for. If Bush is "incredibly successful", it makes the democrats look bad.