Argument: Iraqi nationalism will prevent Iranian influence after US withdrawal
- Debate: Withdrawing from Iraq - pro argument.
Nir Rosen. "The case for cutting and running". Atlantic Monthly. 2005 - "Would Iran effectively take over Iraq? [...] No. Iraqis are fiercely nationalist—even the country's Shiites resent Iranian meddling. (It is true that some Iraqi Shiites view Iran as an ally, because many of their leaders found safe haven there when exiled by Saddam—but thousands of other Iraqi Shiites experienced years of misery as prisoners of war in Iran.) Even in southeastern towns near the border I encountered only hostility toward Iran."