美国的撤退

洛杉矶—当即将上任的巴拉克·奥巴马政府激辩从伊拉克撤军的速度和后果时,检查美国20世纪最后几十年进行其他撤退所产生的战略影响颇有裨益。尽管美国在黎巴嫩,索马里,越南和柬埔寨分别履行了千差万别的责任,历史显示撤出上述地区虽然会立刻影响美国的声誉,但是最终还是对美国有益。

所有这些案例在美国撤军之后都出现了某种地区稳定,虽然是以损失大量生命为代价获得的。美国原来的敌人不是全力关注巩固或瓜分权力,遭受国内失败,就是对阵邻国。最后,美国的切身利益将会胜出。今日的证据表明,当美国离开美索不达米亚,让伊拉克人决定他们自己命运的时候,将会再现同样的模式。

在四次撤退中,1982年至1984年美国介入黎巴嫩被论证为和今天介入伊拉克最为相似。1975年开始的派别之争撕裂了黎巴嫩,这个国家陷入比今日的伊拉克更复杂的派别敌对之中。,

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