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A look ahead in Iraq
« on: October 07, 2007, 20:18:34 »
Check this out

http://www.jhuapl.edu/POW/rethinking07/video.cfm#mead - click the full video on the right for the briefing and tune your 42 sets to 1:05:00. Listen to the last 20 mins of the briefing.

Speaker Bio http://www.jhuapl.edu/POW/rethinking07/speakers/mead.htm

Momentum seen for USA as in their favour. Al Quaida on the decline - but no grand re-org in the Mid East - Says in the earlier segments the Salifust death to the Infidels Shtick of Bin laden is nothing new, its been seen many times before in other guises.

Enjoy!
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Re: A look ahead in Iraq
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2007, 16:21:25 »
An editorial in the Washington Post Oct. 14:

Better Numbers
The evidence of a drop in violence in Iraq is becoming hard to dispute
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/13/AR2007101301071.html

And a story in the paper Oct. 15:

Al-Qaeda In Iraq Reported Crippled
Many Officials, However, Warn Of Its Resilience

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/14/AR2007101401245.html

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Re: A look ahead in Iraq
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2007, 18:48:30 »
The question is whether the war is winnable and whether we can help the winning of it. The answer is made much easier by the fact that three and a half years after the start of the insurgency, most of the big questions in Iraq have been resolved. Moreover, they have been resolved in ways that are mostly towards the positive end of the range of outcomes imagined at the start of the project. The country is whole. It has embraced the ballot box. It has created a fair and popular constitution. It has avoided all-out civil war. It has not been taken over by Iran. It has put an end to Kurdish and marsh Arab genocide, and anti-Shia apartheid. It has rejected mass revenge against the Sunnis. As shown in the great national votes of 2005 and the noisy celebrations of the Iraq football team's success in July, Iraq survived the Saddam Hussein era with a sense of national unity; even the Kurds—whose reluctant commitment to autonomy rather than full independence is in no danger of changing—celebrated. Iraq's condition has not caused a sectarian apocalypse across the region. The country has ceased to be a threat to the world or its region. The only neighbours threatened by its status today are the leaders in Damascus, Riyadh and Tehran.........more http://www.prospect-magazine.co.uk/article_details.php?id=9804
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