View Full Version : Dubya's "New Way Forward" in Iraq

11th January 2007, 07:50
Basically more of the same, but with more troops this time. Essentially he's saying "look I stuffed it up, but I'll get it right this time with 20,000 more soldiers" (to add to the 145,000 already there).

Fact Sheet: The New Way Forward in Iraq

Fact sheet Highlights of the Iraq Strategy Review (PDF)
Fact sheet Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials
Fact sheet In Focus: Renewal in Iraq

The President's New Iraq Strategy Is Rooted In Six Fundamental Elements:

1. Let the Iraqis lead;
2. Help Iraqis protect the population;
3. Isolate extremists;
4. Create space for political progress;
5. Diversify political and economic efforts; and
6. Situate the strategy in a regional approach.

* Iraq Could Not Be Graver The War On Terror Cannot Be Won If We Fail In Iraq. Our enemies throughout the Middle East are trying to defeat us in Iraq. If we step back now, the problems in Iraq will become more lethal, and make our troops fight an uglier battle than we are seeing today.

Key Elements Of The New Approach: Security


* Publicly acknowledge all parties are responsible for quelling sectarian violence.
* Work with additional Coalition help to regain control of the capital and protect the Iraqi population.
* Deliver necessary Iraqi forces for Baghdad and protect those forces from political interference.
* Commit to intensify efforts to build balanced security forces throughout the nation that provide security even-handedly for all Iraqis.
* Plan and fund eventual demobilization program for militias.


* Agree that helping Iraqis to provide population security is necessary to enable accelerated transition and political progress.
* Provide additional military and civilian resources to accomplish this mission.
* Increase efforts to support tribes willing to help Iraqis fight Al Qaeda in Anbar.
* Accelerate and expand the embed program while minimizing risk to participants.

Both Coalition And Iraqi:

* Continue counter-terror operations against Al Qaeda and insurgent organizations.
* Take more vigorous action against death squad networks.
* Accelerate transition to Iraqi responsibility and increase Iraqi ownership.
* Increase Iraqi security force capacity both size and effectiveness from 10 to 13 Army divisions, 36 to 41 Army Brigades, and 112 to 132 Army Battalions.
o Establish a National Operations Center, National Counterterrorism Force, and National Strike Force.
o Reform the Ministry of Interior to increase transparency and accountability and transform the National Police.

Key Elements Of The New Approach: Political


* The Government of Iraq commits to:
o Reform its cabinet to provide even-handed service delivery.
o Act on promised reconciliation initiatives (oil law, de-Baathification law, Provincial elections).
o Give Coalition and ISF authority to pursue ALL extremists.

* All Iraqi leaders support reconciliation.
* Moderate coalition emerges as strong base of support for unity government.


* Support political moderates so they can take on the extremists.
o Build and sustain strategic partnerships with moderate Shi'a, Sunnis, and Kurds.
* Support the national compact and key elements of reconciliation with Iraqis in the lead.
* Diversify U.S. efforts to foster political accommodation outside Baghdad (more flexibility for local commanders and civilian leaders).
o Expand and increase the flexibility of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) footprint.
o Focus U.S. political, security, and economic resources at local level to open space for moderates, with initial priority to Baghdad and Anbar.

Both Coalition And Iraqi:

* Partnership between Prime Minister Maliki, Iraqi moderates, and the United States where all parties are clear on expectations and responsibilities.
* Strengthen the rule of law and combat corruption.
* Build on security gains to foster local and national political accommodations.
* Make Iraqi institutions even-handed, serving all of Iraq's communities on an impartial basis.

Key Elements Of The New Approach: Economic


* Deliver economic resources and provide essential services to all areas and communities.
* Enact hydrocarbons law to promote investment, national unity, and reconciliation.
* Capitalize and execute jobs-producing programs.
* Match U.S. efforts to create jobs with longer term sustainable Iraqi programs.
* Focus more economic effort on relatively secure areas as a magnet for employment and growth.


* Refocus efforts to help Iraqis build capacity in areas vital to success of the government (e.g. budget execution, key ministries).
* Decentralize efforts to build Iraqi capacities outside the Green Zone.
o Double the number of PRTs and civilians serving outside the Green Zone.
o Establish PRT-capability within maneuver Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs).

* Greater integration of economic strategy with military effort.
o Joint civil-military plans devised by PRT and BCT.
o Remove legal and bureaucratic barriers to maximize cooperation and flexibility.

Key Elements Of The New Approach: Regional


* Vigorously engage Arab states.
* Take the lead in establishing a regional forum to give support and help from the neighborhood.
* Counter negative foreign activity in Iraq.
* Increase efforts to counter PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party).


* Intensify efforts to counter Iranian and Syrian influence inside Iraq.
* Increase military presence in the region.
* Strengthen defense ties with partner states in the region.
* Encourage Arab state support to Government of Iraq.
* Continue efforts to help manage relations between Iraq and Turkey.
* Continue to seek the region's full support in the War on Terror.

Both Coalition And Iraqi:

* Focus on the International Compact.
* Retain active U.N. engagement in Iraq particularly for election support and constitutional review.

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11th January 2007, 08:23
Vietnam II coming methinks....

On the scale of US presidents, Dubya is pushing himself closer and closer to Nixon.

11th January 2007, 09:11
I can't remember a more reviled US president (both in and out of the US) in my lifetime. He's under attack from everyone, including his own party.

Personally, I think Dubya's been getting played by Maliki to provide free security for Iraq for a couple of years now. Maliki just wants to get out, he has his own priorities. Dubya has to clean up the mess he (Dubya) made.

11th January 2007, 09:37
Exactly its his own doing and he must find the solution to it himself. And while hes at it the likes of Blair might as well help him, since they were the ones who helped create it.

11th January 2007, 10:37
I can't remember a more reviled US president (both in and out of the US) in my lifetime. He's under attack from everyone, including his own party.

Personally, I think Dubya's been getting played by Maliki to provide free security for Iraq for a couple of years now. Maliki just wants to get out, he has his own priorities. Dubya has to clean up the mess he (Dubya) made.

I dont think Dubya is capable of cleaning up the mess he made. Iraq will take a long long time to fix there are no quick fixes and as long as people keep on thinking that ground forces would resolve the issue it would not be resolved.

11th January 2007, 11:14
Dubya is failing, it is about time he starts realizing it. The credibility of America as a peace agent in the world has been terminated.

Solid Snake
11th January 2007, 21:35
This new policy has FAILURE written all over it...

11th January 2007, 21:59
i'm glad...hopefully this is the beginning of the end of this adminstration and the US as an imperialist power...

Somali Pirate
12th January 2007, 00:50
All i can say is,

Bush you have been punked big time by your own party, media and your own people. You and your neo con garbage were shouting YEEHAH YEEHAH
4 years ago.

I have got no sympathy for you guys. You went to iraq ignored man a people's advice and now you guys are crying? :)) You reap what you sow