is that everyone besides the Israelis in the Middle East are primitive beasts with no ability to reason. You would think they were over there communicating by grunts.
In reality, the people that I have met from the Middle East during my time in graduate school are all good people. They seem to be rather normal. They have families, like certain music, have senses of humor, and have hobbies. Too many times we over-associate the citizens of other nations with the actions of their governments. Does the U.S. federal government represent you?
IMHO, this is what would happen, if we were to pull out of the Middle East immediately.
In Afghanistan, earlier polls of the citizens suggest that a majority of them - if I remember correctly over 70% - want the government to reconcile with the Taliban. The U.S. has resisted. Upon withdrawal, I believe the Taliban may have an influence in the country again.
However, the motivation of the Taliban, I presume, to go against the U.S. probably had something to do with the fact that the U.S. and Russia had been using the country as a mutual war zone since the 1970's. Without occupation, I think the motivation to harm the U.S. would diminish in a short time as attention turned toward the recovery their war-mangled country.
As far as Iran goes, I don't think they want to go to war with the U.S. They have seen what happens to disliked governments when they don't possess nuclear weapons - Libya for example.
Here's Santorum admitting Iran's intentions IF they are building a weapon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRW30b_51KY
There is one major consequence the U.S. will face when it withdraws from the Middle East. The fiat monetary system will have to be ended. One of the major reasons the U.S. is there in the first place is that those countries have quit accepting the dollar for oil. They do accept gold.
This is a fly in the ointment for the monetary system the U.S. currently has.
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