"Figuring out how to prevent an Iraqi civilian bloodbath is tougher, particularly in a scenario of American withdrawal from the primary conflict zones. But for both moral and strategic reasons, the US needs to consider how to offer innocent Iraqis maximum possible protection given the continued mayhem that's to be expected whether or now we withdraw.
But the only thing worse than ethnic cleansing in Iraq would be ethnic cleansing with neither the US nor the international aid agencies trying to do anything about it.
No one seems to know for sure whether more Iraqis might hate us for leaving (and for the even worse conditions that may ensue) than hate us for staying, though it seems unlikely at this point. "
"And fwiw, my summary of the ISG Report is as follows:"Boy, is this fucked up. This Iraq thing is, um, really fucked up. So let's keep on doin' what we're doin' only this time with feeling and four-part harmony. Boy, is this thing fucked up. We're gonna make a quick list here of the ways in which this thing is, um, well, fucked up. We really gotta try harder. With feeling!. And if that doesn't work, even with extra feeling and four-part harmony, WHO CARES?! At that point, Mr. President, it'll be 2008, and your ass will be safely out of Dodge. We'll see to it."