Iraq's Anarchic Civil War

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The worsening situation in Iraq has highlighted the need for critics of the administration's approach to suggest "what the U.S. should do next." Lawrence Korb and Brian Katulis of American Progress are the authors of a widely circulated proposal for a "strategic redeployment" of US forces in Iraq. The plan "calls for the drawdown of 80,000 troops by the end of this year, with some sent to Afghanistan, Africa and Asia and others positioned in Kuwait. Nearly all of the remaining 60,000 US troops would leave by the end of 2007." The deployment of troops to nearby nations "could respond to emergencies in Iraq and help fight terrorism in other countries." Given the availability of alternative strategies, Editor & Publisher asks, "One wonders what it will take for newspapers in this country to endorse the notion of a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq starting, oh, how about now?"

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