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Resolving Iraq: Progress depends on a short timeline for US troop withdrawal

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Resolving Iraq: Progress depends on a short timeline for US troop withdrawal

18 January 2007. The memo argues that the large-scale US military presence in Iraq makes sustainable progress toward peace and stability there impossible. It advances an alternative approach to stabilizing Iraq that hinges on a short timeline for US troop withdrawal and a new international effort including Iraq’s neighbors. By Carl Conetta, PDA Briefing Memo #40.


By PDA,USA.


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More troops for Iraq? Time to just say "No"

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More troops for Iraq? Time to just say "No"

(full text .html) by Carl Conetta, PDA Briefing Memo #39, 09 January 2007. There is no reason to believe that a marginal increase in the US troop presence in Iraq will turn the tide there. The memo reviews relevant data on troop strength, insurgent activity, and Iraqi public opinion. It traces America's troubles in Iraq to the nature of the mission, which it concludes is founded on strategic error. .


By PDA,USA.


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"Finding Strategy: A Survey of Contemporary Contributions to Progressive Strategy".

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"Finding Strategy: A Survey of Contemporary Contributions to Progressive Strategy". November 17, 2006. The report’s principal researcher and co-author, Wolfgang Brauner, said, “The main goal of this report is to hold a mirror up for American progressives and provide a reflection of the state of progressive strategic thought.” . Project director and co-author, Charles Knight, added, “After the mid-terms progressive possibilities suddenly look more favorable and we think it is an excellent time to reflect on the longer term and consider what strategy informs our plans and activities. We are quite certain that if progressives do not work from a coherent strategic framework, the opposition will find it much easier to reverse our good fortune of the moment.”..

By PDA,UK.

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Fighting on Borrowed Time: The Effect on US Military Readiness of America's post-9/11 Wars

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"Fighting on Borrowed Time: The Effect on US Military Readiness of America's post-9/11 Wars"..by Carl Conetta, PDA Briefing Report #19, 11 September 2006. To sustain today's wars, the Bush administration has adopted a policy of "risk displacement". High optempo is maintained in Iraq and Afghanistan at the expense of readiness elsewhere and for other missions.

By Project On Defence Alternatives , USA.

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