Should this nation seek to leave Iraq as Sen. Obama has proposed during his campaign? or Should we stay until Iraq is secure enough to maintina its own security as Sen McCain has proposed during his campaig?
I will not answer that for you for it is up to you to decide which you feel is the best. I will however give you a look, my opinion, at both sides of the question.
To leave in a time frame proposed by Sen. Obama, which is what most Americans seem to prefer at this time, would probably save lives of American service men and women in the short term but what is the potential for future need for conflict? Consider that Sen. Obama in his debates has suggested that it would take 10 years through his energy plan, which is not fully disclosed, to achieve energy independence. Please bear in mind that a portion of the parliment of Iraq is controled by factions that actually reside or are loyal to Iran, though at this time this portion is not in the majority. Imagine what would happen if after we leave in the month time frame suggested by Sen. Obama, the government of Iraq suffers a change in this position, where the influences of Iran come into a majority interest in the Iraq's parliment. Unless the United States had significantly improved relations with Iran, which I do not believe that Sen. Obama would be able to achieve as President, Iraq would become a client state of a state that is diametrically opposed to the United States and Isreal, shifting the balance that has been achieved during the war we approved the commencement of and have been engaged in for the last 5+ years.
True many Americans are not supporting the war now, however how many of you have considered what the consequences would be if we departed Iraq with out insuring the new government of Iraq was a completely secure and independent state. Would Iraq becomming a client state of Iran have a negative influence upon the area, Irseal's security and this nation's security? I believe it would, and it is for this reason and this reason alone that I find it difficult to support Sen. Obama, though I could find other things that I could support. My opinion is that this nation's security is paramount to any other issue that lays in the hands of our government. As such, it should be the most important issue to we the people that elect our government in making our decession of whom we should elect.
Sen. McCain on the other hand, has siad we should stay as long as we need to to ensure victory, this means achieving a stable government in Iraq before we completely leave the country that we deposed the government of by act of war. Though, i am not sure of how he plans to address improving relations with Iran, because with out that the difficulty of attaining a secure and independent government in Iraq remains complicated or until the government of Iraq no longer has influences with in it that stem from Iran.
Then there is the issue of Afganistan and Pakistan in regards to Al Quida and the Talaban influences that are linked to global terrorism activities. Not to mention that there is evidence that one of the most supportive nations to the disruptions in stability that occur in Iraq appear to originate from Iran and I would say, in my opinion that Iran supports global terrorism groups with atleast financial support if not offering safe haven as well.
Thus this nation needs to consider, if it is going to take at least 10 years to develop energy independence and we are dependent up the middle east for oil, how can we as a nation of electors elect anyone that is willing to remove the security blank for the new govenment of Iraq by the presence of our troops until such time as we have acheived independence from imported oil?
It does not make good sense to say you would take troops out of Iraq regardless of the conditions of long term stability of that nation in such a short period of time when it is projected that it would take longer to achieve energy independence which this nation is dependent upon the region for our energy needs. For if Iraq were to become a client state of Iran and become a rouge nations such as Iran, the region would be again destabilized and the risk to our national security would be extreme.
This is evident in the fact that this nation is currently facing economic difficulties due to rapidly escalating oil prices that raised to a level of $147.27 per barrel before falling again due to decreasing demand in this nation as our economy slowed from the effect of extreme rises in energy costs versus increses in earnings of the average consumer.
The potential continued harm to this nation of economic difficulty due to unstable oil prices caused by a destabilized middle east far outweights the costs of keeping our troops in iraq to provide stability. Until such time as this nation can achieve and sustain energy independence, we have no other option but to ensure the stability of the region that we disrupted by act of war that we as a nation supported the commencement of.
Please consider wisely America! I find faults in each of the candidates for President, but what faults are the? I wish we had a better choice to make, but we do not. Obama, only follows what the nation wants as a whole, which I feel is not considering the total implications of removing our troops on a specific time frame and no based upon conditions that the government of Iraq can sustain it security and independence to provide stability in the region.
Then there is the issue that we must act during the next 4 years to immediately begin an aggressive development of the infrastructure that this nations needs to support the development of our energy independence. If we can achieve this prior to the time that Iraq is able to secure its own self then we can then leave them to their own devices. Until then it would be a very bad national security move to remove them with out regard to the ability of the govern of Iraq to sustain its own security and independence.
I wish Sen. Obama would change his position publically on this issue. If he is unwilling to do this, I would not be able to consider him as the best candidate for the office he is running for. I personally think he would be a better choice than McCain should he do this, but with out doing this I would have to say Sen. McCain would be the better choice.
The choice is yours, but consider what is at stake, and consider how far from energy independence we are in this nation and consider what it would mean to our economy to suffer continued instability in the middle east and continually high oil prices as a result as we already feel the effect of $147.27 a barrel of oil with a $700 Billion dollar bail out of our financial system. How much more are you willing to bail out our financial system before we develop energy independence, I hope a lot more if you want to leave Iraq on a time table that does not ensure the government of iraq is completely secure and independent prior to removing our troops.
This would be a defeat we could not endure financially as a nation with out having developed energy independence to hedge against the continual financial drain of imported oil from the middle east region.