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Retreat to the Nevada desert

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Submitted by Bader S (Saudi Arabia), Oct 29, 2006 at 09:59

I agree with Dr Pipes about the US military redeploying/ retreating into the desert, but i disagree with him with regard to which desert. Instead of the Iraqi desert , the US military should redeploy/retreat to the Nevada desert.

Dr. Pipes' idea of retreating into the desert leaves many questions unanswered. If the US retreats into the desert to stay " indefinitely" and switch to "protecting borders, keeping the oil and gas flowing, ensuring that no Saddam-like monster takes power" . Who will fight on the frontline of the war on terror? the new Iraqi army? Does this mean that the US has thrown the white towel into the ring? Does this retreat lend credence to the view that al qaeda has won the political war while the insurgents have been victorious in the military war?

And what about the Iraqi insurgents who have been fighting for the past three years to free their country from the invaders, will they simply forget about the US military hiding in their desert bases? A US military that is well equipped and well trained could not bring security to Bagdad, does Dr. Pipes believe that the Iraqis can bring security to the whole country?

There is only one viable solution to this problem. The US should withdraw completely from Iraq in the same manner they withdrew from Vietnam. They should apologize to the Iraqi people for bringing this chaos and destruction to their country and they should begin paying reparation to the Iraqis, which they are morally obliged to do.

The US has long been part of the problem in the middle east, so to be part of the solution it should leave the region to the people of the region.

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