Precedents, Variables, and Options in Planning a U.S. Military Disengagement Strategy from Iraq
From Army War College Strategic Studies Institute
Precedents, Variables, and Options in Planning a U.S. Military Disengagement Strategy from Iraq
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The U.S. administration has defined a central part of its approach to the situation as “leaving Iraq better than we found it.4
[Maximally,] empowering a decent and accountable government [w/] strong indigenous security forces ... [Minimally,] ... a stable government ... continued national unity of Iraq ... as well as the avoidance of civil war.5
... withdrawal ... under these circumstances ... some important victories [but no immediate] Western-style democracy [nor direct] support the program of greater Middle East democratization.6
... many Iraqis have shown strong interest in the rapid departure of U.S. forces from their country ... others are at least ambivalent [re] the timing of such a withdrawal.7
22 Dec 2005 by Simon W. Moon
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