by Kingston Reif Published on Iraq Insider blog on June 25, 2008 On June 21, 2008, Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander General David Petraeus unveiled a crisp, three-page document containing counterinsurgency (COIN) guidance for U.S. troops in Iraq. By now, the concepts contained in the document – secure and serve the population, live among the people, and […]
By Meghan Warren On June 24, 2008, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its latest assessment of the U.S. military “surge” in Iraq. GAO concludes that the Bush administration has overstated gains in Iraq. The report finds that while violence has dropped substantially, the Iraqi government has failed to reclaim control of its own country. […]
by Christopher Hellman and Travis Sharp SUMMARY The Senate Armed Services Committee released its markup of S. 3001, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Defense Authorization bill, on May 1, 2008. S. 3001, as reported to the full Senate by the Armed Services Committee, fully funds the administration’s $612.5 billion FY2009 National Defense request. S. 3001 provides […]
On June 9, a senior U.S. official working on the proposed U.S.-Iraq long-term agreement admitted that it is “very possible” that in the face of Iraqi opposition, the agreement may fall through, forcing Iraq to extend the U.N. mandate that the pact was meant to replace later this year. State Department adviser David Satterfield […]
The past eight years of the Bush administration have been disastrous for arms control and nonproliferation initiatives. However, the next President can make significant progress in repairing the damage and moving these important issues forward. In this memo to John McCain and Barack Obama, Policy Fellow Jeff Lindemyer outlines four important goals for the next President.