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Jake Stokes: What to Leave Behind in Iraq

News Real Clear World 17 August 2011
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Stokes: What to Leave Behind in Iraq

News Real Clear World 17 August 2011
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Military Logic MIA in Iraq Troop Levels

News Wired Magazine 7 September 2010
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An End in Iraq, and a Beginning

Report 31 August 2010
Tonight President Obama will commemorate the close of America's combat mission in Iraq and the redeployment of nearly 90,000 U.S. troops, marking the culmination of years of effort to replace the failed invasion strategy with one that better serves core American interests. America's mission in Iraq is changing to a civilian-led partnership, though thousands of troops will remain to advise and assist Iraqi forces. Challenges remain - the stalled government formation process, as well as persistent acts of violence - but these are problems that demand Iraqi-led solutions. These challenges will not be helped by heavy-handed intrusion on Iraq's political scene. And they certainly will not be helped by keeping American troops in the country indefinitely. The new effort underway in Iraq points toward a more effective focus for US policy:  a genuine partnership with Iraqis built around diplomacy, trade, and development, as well as security. This approach stands the best chance of building an enduring strategic relationship that aligns core U.S. interests with our resources and values
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A New Era in Iraq -- and U.S. Foreign Policy

Report 19 August 2010

"Today is a marking point in the long process of responsiblytransitioning ownership of Iraq back to Iraqis -- a shift that has been madepossible by the sacrifices of America's fighting men and women, along withthose brave Iraqis who have stood up to rebuild their country. While the U.S.continues to provide training and support, the future of Iraq belongs to theIraqis." - NSN Senior Advisor Major General Paul D. Eaton (Retired) 

 

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Gen. Paul Eaton on 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' talking Iraq

News Countdown with Keith Olbermann 18 August 2010
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Delivering on Iraq

Report 2 August 2010
Today, in front of an assembly of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, President Obama will address what national security and military leaders agree is a vital endeavor: redeployment from Iraq. The President's speech anticipates the conclusion of the American combat mission at the end of this month, by which time 90,000 troops will have returned home. Redeployment is a necessary step for advancing the broader set of U.S. national security interests and for developing a strategic relationship with the Iraqi people. And while it is true that the country will continue to face serious challenges - a political deadlock and increasing violence, most immediately - these challenges must be addressed primarily by Iraqis in the lead. An occupation without end serves no one.  As commanding General Ray Odierno has said, "Iraq doesn't need more troops now."
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U.S. Redeployment from Iraq Remains on Course

Report 13 July 2010
The redeployment from Iraq of all U.S. combat forces by August 31 remains on schedule, according to American commanding General Ray Odierno.  This is a victory for the policy vision that has been advocated by progressives since 2005, a vision that winds down our involvement there while simultaneously re-focusing on core security interests.  While the redeployment signals a new phase in American-Iraqi affairs, there are still multiple challenges to be addressed in Iraq, particularly the spate of violence that has occurred since last March's elections and the continued negotiations over government formation.  Nonetheless, as Odierno said, these difficulties will not be solved by more troops. Rather, they must be addressed through political and economic solutions, most immediately including, as Vice President Biden recently stated during his visit to Iraq over the 4th of July holiday, through the formation of a new Iraqi government that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Iraqis.  Yet, as the Vice President recognized, this imperative does not mean that the U.S. should seek to impose a solution, thereby undercutting democratic developments in Iraq.  Instead, the best course for the U.S. is to continue to make good on its commitment to the policy of strategic redeployment, which assists Iraqi governance by modestly influencing the political situation, facilitates the transition to a civilian-led mission, focuses on assisting Iraqis as they confront persistent challenges, and builds an enduring strategic relationship between our two countries.
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Amidst Political Maneuvering, Iraq Withdrawal on Pace

Report 14 June 2010
  Today marked the first convening of the Iraqi parliament since the national elections took place in March. Parliament's meeting, which occurred following a large-scale attack on the Iraqi Central Bank in Baghdad, is an important milestone in the process of establishing a government.  However, the ongoing political maneuvering involving Iraq's major political parties, each of which are attempting to increase its odds of leading a ruling coalition, overshadowed Parliament's meeting. Wrangling among these groups will likely spell further delays for the Iraqi political calendar, raising the possibility of political paralysis, as well as instability.
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