If we leave Iraq tomorrow, there will be genocide in Iraq. However, if we leave Iraq ten years from now there will be genocide. How many American soldiers will die in Iraq in the next ten years if we stay? How many more additional Iraqi citizens will die in the next ten years..
It didn't come up in the interview, but I've been reading on other blogs some undecided people repeating what McCain had been saying: "If we don't stay in Iraq, they'll follow us home."
Wake up! As it is, they're more likely to beat us home!!
"...and though the expressions be pleasantly arranged, yet when examined... will be words of sound only, and though they may amuse the ear, they cannot inform the mind."
-- Thomas Payne, 1776
It was very good to draw a parallell with Vietnam as a long-term prognosis for Iraq, not denying the short-term horrors! "Trade with all and entangle alliance with no-one", Paul has previously said with reference to the "founding fathers" of the republic. How about adding: "They should know as they themselves experienced occupation by the British!"?
Also, one could maybe make the point that the US must leave Iraq soon anyway, since the spiraling costs and the deficits make it impossible to stay as long as the US has done in Korea and Western Europe. While those wars in the 40s and 50s opened markets and turned the dollar into the worlds most prefered currency, the wars in Vietnam and Iraq have only served to weaken the dollar and loot the american people. Literally "looted", as today 3 Iraqi guards are reported to have taken off with 300 million $US tax payers money from a vault!
Why did Tucker Carlson:
a) assume that the violence would get worse if we leave Iraq?
b) build a false premise that we are staying in Iraq to be nice to the Iraqis?
What kind of question was that?
Part a of your comment is something Tucker asks many of his guests. He believes that the fallout of leaving Iraq is a question unanswered by nearly every politician. Note that Tucker also believes that the Iraq war was/is a stupid mistake.
What was really interesting from this interview is that usually Tucker blasts anyone who suggests that things might not necessarily be worse after we leave. Ron Paul said this point blank, with a brilliant explanation of why, and Tucker was speechless. Let me tell you, Tucker is rarely speechless.
Dr. Paul looked rested, happy and confident. I hope he maintains this countenance in the coming events. This was maybe the best TV performance I've yet seen. (I cringed during the hand-raising bit on Colbert). Today he looked presidential and, as always, smart as a whip.