Over the last few weeks, I've been writing about the need for a progressive exit strategy for Iraq. Today, TomPaine.com presents two important pieces that are bookends around what that policy ought to be. Rami Khouri, editor of the Beirut Daily Star , challenges Blair to take the steps necessary to "drain the swamp," or, as Khouri puts it in in his article, Be Wiser Than Bush, "to respond to the legitimate needs, grievances and aspirations of the hundreds of millions of Arabs and Asians who are the enabling environment from which the terrorists emerge. "
The second piece comes from an old classmate, J. Alexander Thier, who served as an adviser to the constitutional process in Afghanistan. In his piece, Iraq's Rush To Failure, Thier makes it clear that not only is an attempt to make the August 15th logistically unlikely, any attempt to do so would exclude so many of the necessary stakeholders in Iraq that the resulting document would be worse than worthless. Indeed, pressing forward with such a short-sighted timeline and process could, "invite a conflagration that would make the insurgency look like a garden party."
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