Sunday, November 2, 2008

Report from Iraq: Results and Lessons of the Surge

The Vets For Freedom sent eight Iraqi Vets back to Iraq over this summmer, and the final report has been finished. This covers lessons they learned from the time they were there until the time they went back. You could say this is After Action Report (AAR).

These are the sections of this 28 page report: I. Introduction (page 6):

"Based on our site visits and extensive discussions with U.S. and Iraqi military and political personnel throughout the country, we can confirm the remarkable success of the surge—both militarily and politically."...
II. The Surge: Before and After (page 7):
"Failure at this critical moment could undermine all of the progress that has been achieved and signal American weakness at a moment of growing international instability and conflict."...
III. The Surge: Stragetic Analysis (page 11):
"A timetable that calls for a withdrawal of American forces without regard to the situation on the ground is dangerous. It would risk the hard work and accomplishments of the last two years by sacrificing flexibility for expediency."...
IV. Policy Recommendations (page 16), V. U.S. Policy Debate on the Future U.S. Military Commitment to Iraq (page 18):
"Critics’ claim that the surge has not brought political progress has been rebutted not only by our collective experience, but also by the U.S. Embassy report that finds substantive progress on 16 of 18 political benchmarks." [Continue reading.]
VI. Conclusion (page 21).

Page 23 starts the Appendix which has 4 graphs.

Graph I: OVERALL WEEKLY SECURITY INCIDENT TRENDS: January 3, 2004 to May 31, 2008.
Graph II: OVERALL WEEKLY SECURITY INCIDENT TRENDS: January 3, 2004 to May 31, 2008.
Graph III: OVERALL WEEKLY SECURITY INCIDENT TRENDS: January 3, 2004 to May 31, 2008.
Graph IV: OVERALL WEEKLY SECURITY INCIDENT TRENDS: January 3, 2004 to May 31, 2008.

Pages 2, 8, 13, 14, and 20 have very nice pictures. This report is on a .pdf file.

This is a very well thought out and up close report about the progress or the lack of it on the situation in Iraq. They did a fabulous job putting this report together, and I believe you will be enlightened by reading it. Thank you, and have a great day.

Source: Vets For Freedom.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary's News and Ideas.

Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's Oasis

Everyday I have an Open Trackback Linkfest party for all my friends - the ones I know and the ones I will come to know. If you have a post you would like to share, why not trackpost it here? All you have to do is add my Permalink somewhere in your article (usually at the bottom), then trackback to it. You don't have trackbacks available? Why not use Wizbang Stand Alone Trackback? Everyone have a nice day.

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Friends who have shared their posts for your reading pleasure:
1. Rosemary's News and Ideas - Report from Iraq: Results and Lessons of the Surge.
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