Argument: Withdrawing from Iraq would remove the rallying cause of the insurgency
- "A responsible plan to the end the war in Iraq." 2008, Democratic plan - "Iraq Study Group Recommendation 22: The President should state that the United States does not seek permanent military bases in Iraq. If the Iraqi government were to request a temporary base or bases, then the U.S. government could consider that request as it would in the case of any other government."
- Nir Rosen. "The case for cutting and running". Atlantic Monthly. 2005 - "Wouldn't a U.S. withdrawal embolden the insurgency?
- No. If the occupation were to end, so, too, would the insurgency. After all, what the resistance movement has been resisting is the occupation. Who would the insurgents fight if the enemy left? When I asked Sunni Arab fighters and the clerics who support them why they were fighting, they all gave me the same one-word answer: intiqaam—revenge. Revenge for the destruction of their homes, for the shame they felt when Americans forced them to the ground and stepped on them, for the killing of their friends and relatives by U.S. soldiers either in combat or during raids."