A change in approach toward Iraq?

It appears that the Australian government’s approach towards Iraq may be going to change over the next few months. I say this, because it appears that the USA government’s approach towards Iraq may be in the process of changing, and the Australian government will inevitably follow suit.

The New York Times reports James Baker, the co-chair of the panel reassessing Iraq strategy for the Bush administration (and a former Secretary of State) as saying

“I think it’s fair to say our commission believes that there are alternatives between the stated alternatives, the ones that are out there in the political debate, of ‘stay the course’ and ‘cut and run’.”

Whether this turns out to be just an attempt to repackage more of the same is another matter, but to have someone even acknowledge that there are options other than continuing to parrot two shallow, polarised slogans would be a step forward from the way the ‘debate’ is portrayed in the mainstream media.

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  1. I’m fascinated to see what the other options are, but I guess we’ll have to wait until after the elections to see what they are.

    I’d love there to be a situation where Australian and American troops (and UK and whoever else is there) can come home – but only because they are no longer needed. I’m not convinced that this stage has yet come.

    But I firmly believe that if they leave a power vacuum in Iraq, leaving a failed state behind them, it will come back to bite them. The whole world will gain if Iraq emerges as a stable state.

  2. let’s face it Andrew, like it or not the US holds the whip hand in iraq as far as the coalition goes.

    I agree with Muzz… 100%

  3. A lack of comments so far on this topic does not mean a lack of interest, far from it.

    Wonder how we’ll go handing a war on four fronts?

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