First, look at the map. To Iraq's east lies Iran and a border of several hundred miles. Had we kept the residual presence in Iraq we would have had a listening station on Iran's border. The Iranians knew this, and that was why they were eager to push us out. The Iraqis were more than willing to have us stay without advertising it. We squandered that possible advantage. The Iranians would have had to think things over if we were so close to them and right on their border.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Fouad Ajami on the Aftermath of Iraq
See what he has to say. Here is a bit of it: