Adviser: Time to “Declare Victory and Go Home” from Iraq

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"Adviser: Time to “Declare Victory and Go Home” from Iraq"

(dod photo)

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This seems like good advice to me:

A senior American military adviser in Baghdad has concluded in an unusually blunt memo that the Iraqi forces suffer from deeply entrenched deficiencies but are now capable of protecting the Iraqi government, and that it is time “for the U.S. to declare victory and go home.”

Prepared by Col. Timothy R. Reese, an adviser to the Iraqi military’s Baghdad command, the memorandum asserts that the Iraqi forces have an array of problems, including corruption, poor management and the inability to resist political pressure from Shiite political parties.

Things have gone better than I expected over the past 12 months, which seems like an excellent chance to take advantage of the situation to cut our losses before any of the long-standing issues with the current Iraqi state create new problems.


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