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Unformatted text preview: * few checks on power of Shiites after election---> breakdown of security---> insurgency---> capture of state Unintended Consequences 1. Costs- blood: 84-92,000 Iraqis; 4,085 Americans- treasure: (estimate) $3 trillion overall, $12.5 billion a month 2. No State- Iraq is not functioning as a state- militia groups and factions in different parts of the country 3. New balance of power in Middle East 4. Refugees: escaping to neighboring countries; brings animosity to surrounding countries 5. Not "winning" the "war on terror" * afghanistan: left many people with nothing to do, led to the creation of Al-Queda 6. Anti-Americanism * US policies unpopular, even among UN What's Next?- End of Bush Doctrine, democracy agenda- Stay or go? * debate in presidential election today: republicans view in terms of Vietnam; democrats want to pull out immediately; leaving behind a small number of troops to fight terrorism...
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- Spring '08
- historically victimized group, Sunni Muslim party