Hagel says Bush foreign policy logic counterintuitive
"I don't accept that. I think that runs counterintuitive to everythingI know about the people in the Middle East," Hagel said in May 8 speechto the Council on Foreign Relations. "The Sunnis and the Shias and theKurds do not embrace al-Qaida. They do not support al-Qaida. They donot want al-Qaida running their country."
Right now, Al Qaeda, Syria and Iran are fixated on the same end result: bog the U.S. down in Iraq. But once the U.S. is gone, Iran and Syria will want to establish order. The only way to extend their influence over Iraq is to fight Al Qaeda. Once the U.S. is gone, no sovereign Sunni or Shiite leader wants a rogue element destabilizing the country.
So no, Al Qaeda will not follow us home if we leave. They will be fought by the next Iraqi ruler.