Big changes and important decisions are on the horizon in Iraq.
TO: The President of the United States
CC: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, National Security Advisor Gen. James L. Jones
FROM: Douglas A. Ollivant & Eric D. Chewning
DATE: March 1, 2010
SUBJECT: Starting Over in Iraq
In Iraq, your Administration has inherited perhaps the least popular U.S. foreign endeavor in a generation. With the June 30, 2009 U.S. military pullback from the urban areas now complete, civil violence contained, the government of Iraq better established, the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating and challenges from Yemen looming, the chorus of voices calling for a complete withdrawal from Iraq grows louder every day....