Iraq: The Way Forward
November 17, 2006 We conclude our week of discussions about what the U.S. should do about Iraq. Melissa Block talks with William Polk, co-author of Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now. Polk proposes starting withdrawal this year, and completing it by mid-2007.
November 16, 2006 Retired Marine Col. Thomas Hammes says insurgencies last 10 to 30 years, and that the United States will need to maintain current troop levels in Iraq for the next three to four years. After that, he foresees a gradual drawdown over 10 years, with the U.S. maintaining at least 20,000 troops there.
November 15, 2006 Rend al-Rahim, executive director of the Iraq Foundation, talks to Melissa Block about what she sees as the best exit strategy for Iraq. She advocates more U.S. troops — not just advisers. She says the Iraqis need more time to work out a political solution.
November 14, 2006 Peter Galbraith, former U.S. ambassador to Croatia who has advised the Iraqi Kurds on constitutional issues, advocates what is known as "partition," allowing the Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq to have their own regions. Citing the autonomous Kurdistan in the northern region, Galbraith says it's already written into the Iraqi constitution.
November 13, 2006 Eliot Cohen, professor of Strategic Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, reviews exit strategies for Iraq, and critiques recently aired proposals for early withdrawal; partitioning; and talks with Syria and/or Iran, among others.