Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

From Iraq, Lessons for the Next War

Alissa J. Rubin. New York Times. 31 October 2009.

Chimera of Victory

Gian P. Gentile. New York Times, 31 October 2009.


History shows that occupation by foreign armies with the intent of changing occupied societies does not work and ends up costing considerable blood and treasure.

The notion that if only an army gets a few more troops, with different and better generals, then within a few years it can defeat a multi-faceted insurgency set in the middle of civil war, is not supported by an honest reading of history.

Algeria, Vietnam and Iraq show this to be the case.

AfPak-Iraq: Wrong War, Wrong Thinking. The United States faces mounting problems in the three leading conflict-zones of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

Paul Rogers. Open Democracy, 29 October 2009. Hosted on the Commondreams website.


If there is a way ahead, it rests not on short-term calculations about troop numbers but on a larger reassessment by the Barack Obama administration of the entire US security posture in the middle east and southwest Asia. This will have to do more than crisis-manage the dire problems inherited from George W Bush; what is needed is no less than a move beyond military-led thinking to an integrated understanding of what security in the 21st century actually is.

Timeline and Associated Costs for Withdrawal of US Forces from Iraq

For CBO report see:

Mixed Signals From Pentagon, President On Iraq Withdrawal

Steve Hynd. News Hoggers, 22 October 2009.

Kilcullen’s Long War

Tom Hayden. The Nation, 14 October 2009.

Withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Iraq: Possible Timelines and Estimated Costs

CBO, 07 October 2009.

Wars stretch Army and Marine Corps particularly thin

Katherine McIntire Peters. Government Executive, 28 September 2009.