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The Price of the Surge

Author: Steven Simon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
May/June 2008
Council on Foreign Relations

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The Bush administration's new strategy in Iraq has helped reduce violence. But the surge is not linked to any sustainable plan for building a viable Iraqi state and may even have made such an outcome less likely—by stoking the revanchist fantasies of Sunni tribes and pitting them against the central government. The recent short-term gains have thus come at the expense of the long-term goal of a stable, unitary Iraq.

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