The U. S. (along with its ‘ coalition of the coerced’ ) invasion of Iraq has strengthened support for Al Qaeda in the Arab regions of the world and is the instigator of its growth but pulling forces out of Iraq too soon would not necessarily reverse this trend and would likely prompt a calamitous outcome on at least a regional and possible global magnitude. “ Sectarian violence could erupt on a scale never seen before in Iraq if coalition troops leave before Iraq’ s security forces are ready” (“ No Safe Way” , 2007). The widespread civil war that would follow a premature withdrawal would likely affect neighboring countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey pulling them into a broad, regional conflict.
President Bush rejected a war funding bill offered by the Democratic-controlled Congress because it mandated a partial troop withdrawal beginning in October 2007, and continuing until all U. S. military personnel in Iraq were back home by April 2008. Bush responded with a veto stating that deadlines for troop withdrawals would be “ irresponsible. ” The Congress soon acquiesced and approved an Iraq spending bill with ‘ no strings attached. ’ Even congressional Democrats who are bitterly opposed to the war acknowledged that quickly withdrawing from Iraq would irreparably damage America’ s long-held image of strength.
This eventuality would be a political coup for Al Qaeda, as well as other terrorist groups, who could then credibly claim that the U. S. cannot back up its rhetoric with successful actions. “ It [an early withdrawal] would also play into their [Al Qaeda’ s] strategy, which is to create a mini-state somewhere in the Middle East where they can reorganize along the lines of what they did in Afghanistan in the late ‘ 90’ s” according to CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen.
“ It was in Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda allied with the Taliban and was allowed to run terror bases and plan September 11, 2001, attacks against the United States” .
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