This thread is NOT meant to start another post war, with endless debating on WHY we should or shouldn't pull out of Iraq. It is meant to offer a place to post observations on what would happen in Iraq if the American forces did pull out, for the purpose of this thread question, in a relatively short period of time.
Those who believe our presence is necessary and we should stay may argue that the effects of our withdrawal are reason enough to stay. OK, that said, what would happen if we left?
I struggled with posting this thread. I have been a supporter of our efforts because Sadam Hussien was a real bad guy and I was glad to see him go. But as the war has dragged on and it becomes very apparent that even regular folks in Iraq no longer want us in their country I have wavered. Here's my view on a quick pullout:
Continued violence, only this time it is countryman versus countryman. Those who loudly and publicly supported the American role in Iraq would continue to be singled-out. The exodus of those people would most likely rival the exodus of the South Vietnamese as the Viet Cong (and North Viet Nam) moved toward Saigon.
Iran would be the joker in the deck, stirring up trouble to push the Iraqi government in their religious and fundamentalist direction.
Without American protection there would probably be some destroyed oil producing and transporting facilities, most likely adding a few cents to our stateside petrol prices. American contractors would probably leave but there would be a line of middle-eastern and European contractors ready to continue the infrastructure rebuild of Iraq.
As for democracy and the election process......only time would tell.
What say you?