A private agreement on a potential Iraqi exit strategy has been agreed upon by the United States and Britain. The agreement was facilitated between US
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his British counterpart Geoff Hoon last Monday. The strategy calls for a doubling of Iraqi police trainees and
setting up Iraqi paramilitary units. Many sources believe that no firm deadline has been set so as to not encourage the insurgents.
LONDON, United Kingdom -- The United States and Britain have privately agreed on a way of withdrawing their troops from Iraq, the Guardian newspaper
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his British counterpart Geoff Hoon on Monday agreed on a so-called exit-strategy based on doubling the number
of Iraqi police trainees and setting up Iraqi paramilitary units, it said.
The pair were acting on recommendations from retired US General Gary Luck, who was sent to Iraq by the Pentagon last month to look at the failings of
Iraq's security force.
The more aggressive police force is designed gradually to replace the 150,000 coalition troops and will form the centerpiece of plans for Britain and
the US to quit Iraq, the Guardian said.
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The exit strategy seems to be a good one, but really is only viable if the insurgency is put down. Otherwise, you may pull out of the country only to
find it plunging into a civil war. More to the point, what if the newly elected administration in Iraq asks the U.S. and other to leave?
I hope that they have some sort of mechanism to deal with the infiltration of the iraqi national police and military by the insurgency. Obviously
that sort of thing isn't going to be in the news, but sometimes you have to wonder if they even recognize the problem.
Withdrawel of the US/UK troops is not want the insurgents want! If they did (assuming they have more than 2 brain cells) they would put down their
weapons and cooperate with the coalition thus ensuring a speedier withdrawel of the troops. Want they want is power and control over the population
since they know that force is the only way they'll get it. They are using the US troops as a focus point for the civilian population such that they
will then support the insurgents "cause". This then allows the insurgents to take control of the country for their own purposes. The US troops play
right into the insurgents hands with their heavy handed methods.
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