Today's stupid question
There were roughly 80 million Germans, and about a third that many Iraqi, more or less.
There also wasn't an insurgency running in Germany, and while we did bomb the cities until the rubble bounced, the infrastructure in Iraq isn't badly damaged, it's more or less nonexistent.
Democracy requires a degree of prosperity, and more importantly, the perception of achieving better things. If you do not believe that there are opportunities to better yourself, then you sit on your fat duff and vote for whatever politician promises the most bread and the best circuses. That is disaster. If you do believe in those opportunities, you vote for the politician that promises to safeguard those opportunities and then you diligently work for them.
You don't build an infrastructure overnight or on shoestring budgets. Not going to happen.
I'm wondering how many people who are ready to cut our losses and go home have a plan to deal with the fallout. What fallout?
How many pro-US goverments fell from 1975 to 1980?
Hint: The answer isn't 1.
What are we going to do when rabidly anti-American governments take power in bloody coups through the Middle East and start manipulating oil prices in ways that make the post-1973 Oil Embargo look like free trade?