New Report Calls for Long Term Commitment in Iraq

As a counterpoint to the recent New York Times Op-Ed by Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack that showed the way to "sustainable stability" in Iraq as a means to achieve victory, Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies has issued his own report from the trip calling for a long term commitment in Iraq: These are unpleasant realities for a nation that prefers all of its solutions to be simple and short. The reality is, however, that even if the US does withdraw from Iraq, it cannot disengage from it. The US will have to be deeply involved in trying to influence events in Iraq indefinitely into the future, regardless of whether it does so from the inside or the outside. It will face major risks and military problems regardless of the approach it takes, and it will face continuing strategic, political, and moral challenges.Cordesman's conclusions were more pessimistic that O'Hanlon and Pollacks about the current situation on the ground in Iraq and...(Read Full Post)

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