What if Iraq becomes a democracy but votes in people that oppose the U.S. (possibly even harboring terrorists)? [/quote]
This is entirely possible. The question is what those leaders will do. Just being anti-American is nothing to worry about, otherwise we would have to worry about France.
Why would it require our armed forces? 911 didn?t. While this is possible, and I really hope it isn?t, once it gets out you will see trucks popping up and inoculating everyone within a certain distance fro the event. The rest of the country may also get the vaccine, but not as quickly. They are prepared for this.
The worst thing to worry about would be 2 or 3 suitcase nukes going off at the same time in major metropolitan areas. I assume they don?t have this ability only because it hasn?t happened yet. (I have heard something about there being a complex encryption to make these things work, and while they might have one, it is unlikely they have broken the encryption.
It is only speculation, but I don?t see the country taking away any rights. Terrorists hit and run. We would be more serious about the war on terror then after 911. The left would be hit hard by this politically, as the country would move strongly to the right.
We would probably become more aggressive about dealing with terrorists, and if the UN didn?t back us after such an event, it probably would become a defunct organization after we would pull out because of political pressure.
Unless the UN decides not to mess with a really pissed off America.
This is why were are in Iraq, even though some cannot see that, assuming the only terrorist organization is Al-Qaeda. But that is not accurate. If we don?t deal with this stuff now, we will have to deal with it later, and I often wonder how powerful these groups may have become.