Like a Mirage in the Desert
full withdrawal may recede into the time horizon
by Charles Knight
Presentation at the United States Institute of Peace panel
on The Future of the U.S. Military Presence in Iraq
25 July 2008 (as prepared)
[The panel consisted of Kimberly Kagan, Colin Kahl, Charles Knight, and Rend al-Rahim, with Daniel Serwer serving as moderator. Charles Knight's presentation followed that of Kimberly Kagan.]
Good morning. You may recall the line from Monty Python.., "Now for something completely different!"
I am one of the organizers of the Task Force for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq where we have published a set of 25 initiatives that complement and support a short timeline military withdrawal. They involve very considerable engagement -- some of it extending years into the future. Please take and read a copy of the Task Force Report available on the table out front.
So… get the troops out very soon and remain responsibly engaged in Iraq and the region.