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Withdrawal Symptoms – The Next Phase in Iraq


In military terms, knowing when to break off an engagement is as important a decision for the political leadership of a country as is the conduct of any part of the battle.

In military terms, knowing when to break off an engagement is as important a decision for the political leadership of a country as is the conduct of any part of the battle. Yet it is a political act that requires very astute decision-making and an excellent understanding of the situation on the ground. Time it wrongly, and you lose the battle; withdraw too quickly and all one’s efforts leading up to that point could have been in vain. Yet stay too long and a slow, indecisive

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