Argument: The Iraq War has damaged US international security leverage in the world
- "A responsible plan to the end the war in Iraq." 2008, Democratic plan - "Damaged U.S. national security As the standing of the United States in the world community has plummeted, it has become
- substantially more difficult for us to engage with the rest of the world to address real threats. These underaddressed threats include nuclear proliferation, pandemics, terrorism, climate change, and energy supply bottlenecks.
- The further destabilization of the Middle East is also a growing threat to U.S. national security. Al Qaeda’s strength is growing in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iran’s power is growing."