Burton: If We Withdraw, Won’t The Planet Explode and The Baby Jesus Cry?
Dan Burton, the red-faced GOP gentleman from Indiana, succeeded at getting Crocker and Petraeus to essentially endorse John McCain. The war is "extremely unpopular," he said. Before the American people "pick a new president," he said, "they want to know the facts." So what would a withdrawal within six months lead to?
Crocker wouldn’t answer Berman’s question about how to mitigate the consequences of withdrawal. But surprise surprise! He cleared his throat by saying he’s a career professional, serves Democrats and Republicans, etc. But it’ll lead to "expanded sectarian conflict, at levels we have not seen before," and "Al Qaeda [could] root itself in Arab soil." Petraeus said, "The Ambassador has captured my sentiment on that as well."