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  • Charles Knight
    New from the Project on Defense Alternatives Radical Departure: Toward A Practical Peace in Iraq by Carl Conetta Project on Defense Alternatives Briefing
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      New from the Project on Defense Alternatives

      "Radical Departure: Toward A Practical Peace in Iraq"

      by Carl Conetta
      Project on Defense Alternatives Briefing Report #16, 8 July 2004

      Executive Summary
      HTML http://www.comw.org/pda/0407br16%20ExecSum.html
      PDF http://www.comw.org/pda/fulltext/0407br16%20ExecSum.pdf

      Main Report
      HTML http://www.comw.org/pda/0407br16.html
      PDF http://www.comw.org/pda/fulltext/0407br16.pdf

      Current plans will not bring peace or stability to Iraq, nor will
      they lead to a timely and orderly withdrawal of US forces. They do
      not address the root cause of America's postwar troubles in Iraq,
      which is the adoption of mission objectives that are overly ambitious
      and polarizing.

      A practicable postwar mission would have sought, in addition to
      undertaking humanitarian and reconstruction tasks, to establish some
      essential guarantees related to concerns about Iraqi militarism,
      human rights abuses, postwar stability, and representative
      governance. The objectives of the Bush plan far exceed these goals
      (which are daunting enough).

      In practice, the US mission has sought not only to repair and
      selectively reform Iraq, but to virtually reinvent it --
      economically, socially, and politically. It also has aimed to
      substantially decide the future political balance inside Iraq and to
      establish the country as a reliable ally and base for US operations
      in the region. These ambitions have made the mission an enemy to too
      many Iraqis and an affront to too many more.

      A rollback in US goals is the first, necessary step toward a
      practicable postwar mission in Iraq and the timely withdrawal of US
      troops. Only a more modest and consensual set of objectives can bring
      the degree of international and indigenous cooperation needed for

      ALSO SEE:

      * War Report -- articles & reports on Iraq and Afghanistan from
      around the web, updated twice weekly. Currently the archive has more
      than 2500 articles. http://www.comw.org/warreport/

      * All PDA reports on Terrorism, Iraq, and Afghanistan:
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