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Morning Bell: Iraqi Stability Is in the U.S. Interest
Posted By Conn Carroll On March 31, 2008 @ 9:19 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
The latest reports  out of Basra indicate that life appears to be returning to normal even as Iraq’s central government indicates that military operations around the city would continue . The Iraqi army now claims its troops are in control of much of Basra even as security forces are going house-to-house to confiscate weapons. It is still too early to determine if the Iraqi central government accomplished its objectives in Basra, but the events of the last week did demonstrate three things:
While the long-term presence of American combat troops is not in the interests of the United States or the Iraqi government, helping the Iraqis get on the road to peace and stability is clearly in the U.S. interest . The eruption of a full-blown civil war in Iraq and a wide-spread humanitarian crisis could further destabilize the region. Abandoning the people of Iraq would enable Iran’s regional expansion and al Qaeda’s effort to establish a sanctuary in the heart of the Middle East.
Turning its back on Iraq would lead America’s other friends and allies, including those trying to finish off al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to question America’s commitment and resolve. There is no way to achieve these important goals without patiently maintaining a strong American military presence on the ground for at least several years to come.
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URLs in this post:
 latest reports: http://www.reuters.com/article/middleeastCrisis/idUSL31425442
 military operations around the city would continue: http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/03/31/iraq.main/?iref=mpstoryview
 Iraqi lawmakers to the Iranian city of Qom: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2008-03-30-iraqnews_N.htm
 he Shiite rebels are fighting mainly Iraqi soldiers, rather than Americans.: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/world/middleeast/30assess.html?hp
 they had underestimated militia resistance in Basra.: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/31/AR2008033100644.html
 Basra is one part of Iraq the surge has never been tried: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120692232952775601.html?mod=opinion_main_review_and_outlooks
 helping the Iraqis get on the road to peace and stability is clearly in the U.S. interest: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Iraq/wm1871.cfm
 mass grave: http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20080331/FOREIGN/708327345/1003
 international regulatory agency: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c33056ca-fe77-11dc-9e04-000077b07658.html
 examination of top public employee salaries: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/30/MN7OVQOPK.DTL
 create a temporary worker program: http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0331/p02s02-uspo.htm
 $300 million ad campaign: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9268.html
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