The Endgame in Iraq (The Weekly Standard)


The Endgame In Iraq

The Weekly Standard, September 22, 2008

By General Jack Keane (US, Ret.), Kimberly Kagan, and Frederick W. Kagan




On September 16, General Raymond Odierno will succeed General David Petraeus as commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. The surge strategy Petraeus and Odierno developed and executed in 2007 achieved its objectives: reducing violence in Iraq enough to allow political processes to restart, economic development to move forward, and reconciliation to begin. Violence has remained at historic lows even after the withdrawal of all surge forces and the handover of many areas to Iraqi control. Accordingly, President Bush has approved the withdrawal of 8,000 additional troops by February 2009.

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