Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Reverse Domino Theory

This is the "reverse domino theory" in action:

Rumsfeld Warns Against Early Iraq Pull-Out
Thu Aug 3, 2006 3:59 PM BST
By Kristin Roberts and Vicki Allen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned on Thursday against pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq prematurely, saying it would be seen as a victory by extremists who want to control a region extending beyond the Middle East.

"If we left Iraq prematurely as the terrorists demand, the enemy would tell us to leave Afghanistan and then withdraw from the Middle East," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing.

"And if we left the Middle East, they'd order us and all those who don't share their militant ideology to leave what they call the occupied Muslim lands from Spain to the Philippines," he said.

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So, what would winning look like?

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