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Argument: Iraq is a pillar of American strategy in the Middle East that should not be abandoned

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  • Senator John McCain, April 2008 - "The fact is, we now have a great opportunity, not only to bring stability and freedom to Iraq, but to make Iraq a pillar of our future strategy for the entire region of the greater Middle East."[1]
  • Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr. "How to Win in Iraq". Foreign Affairs. September/October, 2005. Concludes that if the United States withdraws militarily from Iraq under the current circumstances, the best we can hope for is to leverage our "waning influence to outmaneuver the Iranians and the Syrians in creating an ally out of Iraq's next despot."

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