Bloomberg reports today that America’s “Arab allies caution against a quick U.S. exit from Iraq.”
Major Arab allies of the U.S. cautioned today against a precipitous troop withdrawal from Iraq that could shake the region and fuel regional instability, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in Egypt.
The concerns were aired in meetings that Gates and Rice had in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and top officials from Jordan and Persian Gulf countries.
The view is that diminishing the U.S. presence in Iraq should be “done carefully and with a view toward consequences and in a way that does not leave Iraq in chaos,” Gates told reporters after the meetings.
James Taranto of Opinion Journal wants to know if any those politicians who argued against the Iraq war on the grounds that our allies, including the Arab regimes, opposed it, will back away from supporting and demanding a precipitious withdrawal now because of our allies’ views.
Unremarkably, it appears the only two factions that want U.S. Troops out of Iraq immediately are al-Qaeda and the Democratic Party. Both wish for an American defeat in Iraq.