Friday, October 19, 2007

Bombings in Pakistan

The attempted assassination of former Pakistani leader Bhutto yesterday by a suicide bomber illustrates the instability of Pakistan and the potential threat it poses to US interests. If Pakistan plunges into chaos, we will face the real prospect of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of al-Qaeda, as well as the possibility of limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan, with devastating consequences for the US economy.

In my opinion, this demonstrates another reason why we should disengage from Iraq. By having all of our troops tied up in Mesopotamia, we run the very real risk that we will be unable to quickly react to situations in the rest of the world. There is an opportunity cost for every military engagement we participate in. The potential opportunity cost of Iraq is becoming too high.

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