We can't bring troops out of Iraq. It's bad now but it'll get worse if we leave. Besides Al Queda came to US after we invaded. So Iraq can be our battle ground to fight them. We wanted to find Al Queda and Iraq allows us a place to fight em. That's an opportunity we can't pass up.
Well, you've hit all the neocon talking points, so you have that going for you … I guess. Have you considered actually checking out the veracity of these statements. I'll give you some debate here, but if I find a good article by more of an expert I'll post it for you tomorrow if you'd like.
It's bad now but it'll get worse if we leave
This is more than likely true for the short term. Any occupation at the barrell of a gun that ends will cause a reshuffling of the political climate, and often that is a fairly brutal one. But I would assert that this will happen whenever we leave, and that if we left the death toll would steadily decrease and (perhaps with international help) end.
Besides Al Queda came to US after we invaded
This is also true. Because our soldiers are much easier targets in Iraq than they are anywhere else in the world right now (because the Iraqis don't like them much and because so much of the infrastructure of Iraq has been destroyed).
The thing is, the thiking here is that Al Queda is suffering their losses alone. They aren't. Every time we get a few of them, we take a bunch of innocent civilians with them … and THEY take a bunch of innocent civilians with them when they do their bombings. In both cases, Iraqis lose family members and America looks like the bully. What that does is create more Al Queda sympathy and ultimately more Al Queda across the world.
The other thing to remember is that Al Queda is more of a mindset than an organization with any central operations. It isn't like a government, it's like a bacterial growth. It spreads, and doesn't need orders to wreak havok.
By this understanding, you can see that staying in Iraq to fight Al Queda is only going to create an endless war.
We wanted to find Al Queda and Iraq allows us a place to fight em. That's an opportunity we can't pass up.
As I explained, the Al Queda we fight in Iraq is only loosely tied to those who attacked our country, and it's hardly fair to take innocent Iraqi lives in the process of eliminating a group of people that won't change the ultimate makeup of terrorist enemies.
Now, I put to you that the money and time and soldiers we are losing in Iraq has made the United States (and the world) less safe for these reasons:
1. It creates much ill will towards the United States, and ultimately only increases the ranks of anti-American terrorist networks. (It is also hampering investigations in other countries that are our allies, but we'll table that for now.)
2. It distracts us from the real people who attacked us on 9/11. Osama is still allegedly alive and protected, and every day that is the conventional wisdom is another day that the United States has failed to dispense justice, or prove it even can.
3. The money we spend on this war could have strengthened our infrastructure and security systems so that we would be better prepared to thwart a terrorist attack.