Argument: An early withdrawal from Iraq would undermine US credibility with allies

Issue Report: Withdrawing from Iraq

Supporting quotes

  • Retrieved 4.10.08 – “A politically driven pullout would be a military disaster.

    • A political pullout would send a dangerous signal of weakness and fecklessness to both our allies and enemies”.
  • Don Shepperd, a retired Air Force major-general and military analyst for CNN, said in 2007, “we do not want a U.S that is perceived as having been badly defeated in the global war on terror or as an unreliable future ally or coalition partner.”[1]
[…]It would also undermine our strategy of hitting terrorists hard abroad, while loyal allies and new friends around the world would find themselves leaderless in the global struggle against Islamist radicalism. A loss of nerve and a humiliating retreat would seriously undermine America’s role in the world.”