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The US and Iraq: time to go home

Dodge, Toby (2010) The US and Iraq: time to go home. Survival, 52 (2). pp. 129-140. ISSN 0039-6338

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Abstract

Given the record of the US occupation and the profound limitations of America's present stature, the Barack Obama administration is right to continue to draw down the American presence in Iraq. But in remembering the egregious mistakes of its predecessor the administration should not claim victory as it exits. It should not, as Vice President Joe Biden did in the midst of the de-Ba'athification crisis, claim all is well in Baghdad. A more honest and realistic approach would recognise the impossible legacy left by the Bush administration. The damage the previous administration did so much to encourage would then be minimised with the help of US allies and multilateral organisations. In short, after seven years of American occupation, it is time to go home.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.iiss.org/publications/survival/
Additional Information: © 2010 International Institute For Strategic Studies
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2011 14:01
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38824/

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