Post-invasion Iraq / United States should change its approach

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Position: United States should change its approach

This position addresses the topic Post-invasion Iraq.

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Quotes-start.png "While consolidating bases is a short-term way to reduce troop requirements, fielding more adviser teams will eventually allow more Americans to come home. American troops embedded with the Iraqis they train usually require less support than conventional units; many rely on the Iraqis for food, shelter and basic defenses. Green Berets in 12-man teams have already replaced entire battalions of conventional forces in some Iraqi cities." Quotes-end.png
From The Right Troops in the Right Places, by Seth Moulton (The New York Times, September 15, 2006) (view)
Quotes-start.png "The U.S. military has never set itself the goal of establishing and maintaining security. It has always prioritized training Iraqi forces and allowing them to undertake such operations on their own. This strategy might have had some merit when the principal problem in Iraq was the Sunni Arab insurgency (although it was dubious even then). It has little or no merit today, when sectarian violence is the most important challenge." Quotes-end.png
From We Can Put More Forces in Iraq..., by Frederick W. Kagan (The Weekly Standard, November 23, 2006) (view)
Quotes-start.png "Still, the Bush administration has 29 months left in office. ``Staying the course" is unsustainable. Rather than forcing a new administration to figure a way out of Iraq, it ought to begin the rethinking now." Quotes-end.png
From The generals' worry, by The Boston Globe editorial board (The Boston Globe, August 5, 2006) (view)
Quotes-start.png "The majority of Iraqis may be irritated by the presence of foreign forces, but most realize that a premature withdrawal would create hideous problems for the country. This majority includes Sunnis as well as Shiites and Kurds." Quotes-end.png
From What Iraq Needs, by Samir Sumaidaie (New York Post, August 28, 2006) (view)
Quotes-start.png "At best, the course we're on has no end in sight. At worst, it leads to a terrible civil war and possibly a regional war. This plan offers a way to bring our troops home, protect our security interests and preserve Iraq as a unified country." Quotes-end.png
From A Plan to Hold Iraq Together, by Joe Biden (The Washington Post, August 24, 2006) (view)
Quotes-start.png "As Americans debate where to go from here on Iraq, one thing should be clear. Staying the course until President Bush leaves office 29 months from now is not an option. It is no longer even clear just what course America is on." Quotes-end.png
From Meanwhile, in Baghdad, by The New York Times editorial board (The New York Times, August 16, 2006) (view)
Quotes-start.png "...the violence in Iraq has belied the rhetoric of progress and prevented any reduction in troops. Bush would be much better served by forthrightly acknowledging Iraq’s distressing circumstances and backing an all-out push to secure Baghdad even if it takes thousands more American troops in the country." Quotes-end.png
From Bush's Vietnam?, by Rich Lowry (National Review, August 15, 2006) (view)

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