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Iraq: The Logic of Disengagement

Author: Edward N. Luttwak
January/February 2005
Foreign Affairs


The best strategy for the United States now in Iraq is disengagement. In a reversal of the usual sequence, the U.S. hand will be strengthened by withdrawal, and Washington might actually be able to lay the groundwork for a reasonably stable Iraq. Why? Because geography ensures that all other parties are far more exposed to the dangers of an anarchical Iraq than is the United States itself.

Edward N. Luttwak is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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