Argument: Claims that disaster would follow withdrawal are made by discredited advocates of invasion

Issue Report: Withdrawing from Iraq


  • Robert Dreyfuss. “Apocalypse Not”. Washington Monthly. March, 2007 – “The Bush administration famously based its argument for invading Iraq on best-case assumptions: that we would be greeted as liberators; that a capable democratic government would quickly emerge; that our military presence would be modest and temporary; and that Iraqi oil revenues would pay for everything. All these assumptions, of course, turned out to be wrong.
Now, many of the same people who pushed for the invasion are arguing for escalating our military involvement based on a worst-case assumption: that if America leaves quickly, the Apocalypse will follow.”