With the United States formally marking the end of the Iraq war, all U.S. combat troops are scheduled to withdraw by December 31. Listen to former National Security Council official Meghan O'Sullivan and correspondent Ned Parker, who reported from Iraqand has just returned from the region, together with Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose discuss the road ahead for Iraq.
Max Boot states that an American drawdown in both Iraq and Afghanistan makes continued war—and with it the possibility of a catastrophic American defeat—more likely by emboldening our enemies and disheartening our friends.
Meghan L. O'Sullivan says that while the situation in Iraq has fallen short on hopes and expectations, Iraq's achievements are hardly minor, and the strategic benefits of U.S. intervention there may materialize in the next several years.
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