America is Finally Winning the War in Iraq

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

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  • Frederick W. Kagan

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    Frederick W. Kagan

    Resident Scholar in Defense and Security Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

  • General Jack Keane (Ret.)

    For

    General Jack Keane (Ret.)

    Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder of Keane Advisors, LLC, a private equity firm

  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind

    Against

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind

    Former Foreign Secretary and a Former Defense Secretary of the UK

  • Charles Ferguson

    Against

    Charles Ferguson

    Writer/Director of No End in Sight, a documentary about U.S. policy in Iraq

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    John Donvan

    Author and correspondent for ABC News.

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Frederick W. Kagan

For The Motion

Frederick W. Kagan

Resident Scholar in Defense and Security Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Frederick was previously an associate professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Kagan is the author of Iraq: The Way Ahead and Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq, reports by the Iraq Planning Group at AEI, as well as Finding the Target: The Transformation of American Military Policy (2006). He is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard.

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General Jack Keane (Ret.)

For The Motion

General Jack Keane (Ret.)

Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder of Keane Advisors, LLC, a private equity firm

General Keane is also a member of the secretary of defense’s policy board, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a director and member of numerous non-profit organizations. General Keane, a retired four-star general, completed 37 years in public service in December 2003, culminating as acting chief of staff and vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army.

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Against The Motion

Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Former Foreign Secretary and a Former Defense Secretary of the UK

Sir Rifkind was one of only four ministers to serve throughout the whole prime ministerships of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major. In 1997 he was knighted in recognition of his public service. He is the member of Parliament for the London constituency of Kensington and Chelsea.

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Charles Ferguson

Against The Motion

Charles Ferguson

Writer/Director of No End in Sight, a documentary about U.S. policy in Iraq

Charles received his PhD in Political Science from M.I.T. After selling Vermeer Technologies of which he was co-founder, Ferguson has been a visiting scholar at M.I.T. and U.C. Berkeley, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and wrote three books on information technology. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the French-American Foundation, and CEO of Representational Pictures, he resides in Berkeley, California.

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    • Comment Link Kirby Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:29 posted by Kirby

      Anyone who thinks pupming large numbers of troops into Baghdad is a receipe for success should read a little about guerrilla warfare.The city would be a killing ground not only for thge ratbags but also allied forces and civillians. Unless the rules of engagement are relaxed the Allies will be slaughtered.Think of the secod battle of Fallujah without kncking any houses down.Think more about Jenin when the Israelis went house to house to save civilains from being hit by indirect fire. The Israelis suffered heavy casualties.Starve the enemy of funds, ideology, and people.

    • Comment Link Kai Tuesday, 13 November 2012 14:07 posted by Kai

      I noticed that the plan would require commitments of several years for certain volunteers, including National Guard troops. "The ground forces must accept longer tours for several years. National Guard units will have to accept increased deployments during this period." Also, the reconstruction has been so terribly botched so far that asking for more CERP funds from a Dem Congress in a media climate of defeatism and the ISG's self-serving nostrums, including Baker doing mini-shuttles to Syria and Iraq all spell big trouble.Politically stillborn, but perhaps our only chance for a decent ending to this fiasco.

    • Comment Link Dadan Thursday, 26 July 2012 03:57 posted by Dadan

      I noticed that the plan would reirque committments of several years for certain volunteers, including National Guard troops. "The ground forces must accept longer tours for several years. National Guard units will have to accept increased deployments during this period." Also, the reconstruction has been so terribly botched so far that asking for more CERP funds from a Dem Congress in a media climate of defeatism and the ISG's self-serving nostrums, including Baker doing mini-shuttles to Syria and Iraq all spell big trouble.Politically stillborn, but perhaps our only chance for a decent ending to this fiasco.

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