A headline and subhead in the Los Angeles Times:
Iraq attacks raise new concerns about U.S. pullout
Suicide bombings, car explosions and gunfire that killed at least 70 in an apparently coordinated assault suggests Iraqi forces may be overwhelmed by insurgents after American troops withdraw.
Of course, these attacks happened while U.S. troops are still in the country– making the point about the U.S. “pullout” somewhat hard to follow.
But this is a familiar argument. Remember the Time magazine cover photo of a disfigured Afghan woman last July? The magazine’s political point was summed up by the text on the cover: “What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan.” The attack that left her disfigured happened with U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The implication in both cases is that violence will overcome these countries due to the absence of U.S. troops– which obviously obscures the fact that the U.S. presence is often the source of such violence, or the justification used by armed groups seeking to drive out U.S. troops.