posted on Jun, 8 2005 @ 10:11 PM
Former CIA Director John M. Deutch, institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), said that the United States is not making
progress toward key objectives in Iraq and called for American troops to pull out "as soon as possible" during a speech Tuesday (June 7) at
Harvard's Sanders Theatre.
Deutch, who delivered the Phi Beta Kappa oration at the honor society's annual Literary Exercises, served as CIA director under President Bill
Clinton from May 1995 until December 1996. In his 20-minute speech, he challenged the views of both Republicans and Democrats who say that the United
States must stay the course to stabilize the country before disengaging.
That position, Deutch said, is based on the assumption that the United States will leave a stable nation behind. But it is also possible, he said,
that the United States will fail in its Iraq objectives and lose international credibility by staying the course, even as its ability to deal with
other crises, such as North Korea, Iran, and the fight against international terrorism, is compromised.
"I believe that we are not making progress on our key objectives in Iraq," Deutch said. "There may be days when security seems somewhat improved
and when the Iraqi government appears to be functioning better, but the underlying destabilizing forces of a robust insurgency and warring factions
supported by outside governments is undiminished."
The insurgency has shown no sign of weakening over the past two years, despite repeated administration claims of breaking the resistance's back
Consider the Iraq war lost.