Monday, May 21, 2007

Back to Baker-Hamilton

Where we needed to be moving 2-3 years ago.

WASHINGTON -- President Bush and his senior military and foreign-policy advisers are beginning to discuss a "post-surge" strategy for Iraq which they hope could gain bipartisan political support. The new policy would focus on training and advising Iraqi troops rather than the broader goal of achieving a political reconciliation in Iraq, which senior officials recognize may be unachievable within the time available.

The revamped policy, as outlined by a top administration official, would be premised on the idea that, as the current surge of U.S. troops succeeds in reducing sectarian violence, America's role will be increasingly to help prepare the Iraqi military to take greater responsibility for securing the country.

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