ON-Lion Letter
"Today," begins a February report on Iraq from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in Washington, D.C., "the United States' position in Iraq recalls Henry Stimson's warning:  'The construction of a stable peace is a longer, more complex, and greater task than the relatively simple work of war-making.'

"The hard work, perseverance, blood, and sacrifice of Americans and Iraqis have gotten Iraq to a better place than many thought possible in 2007," continues The U.S. in Iraq Beyond 2011:  A Diminishing but Still Vital Role, by retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik.  "The challenges before the U.S. and Iraq are no longer reversing the trends of violence, reducing insurgent attacks, creating Iraqi security forces, or nursing the birth of a legitimate government.  Now, the challenge for the U.S. is to help Iraq sustain a stable peace."

An ISW senior fellow, Dubik commanded the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq, as part of which he oversaw the creation and training of the Iraqi Security Forces.

"U.S. policy objectives cannot focus only on withdrawing U.S forces, but must also focus on the important security functions that will remain in Iraq beyond 2011 and will continue to demand U.S. involvement," according to Dubik.  "American forces still execute at least four functions critical to a stable peace in Iraq, and these functions will not be completed entirely by year's end."

In addition to security measures, he adds, "Now that the Government of Iraq is formed, the United States can help that government structure the broad set of policies and programs necessary to sustain the 'better peace' that so many have sacrificed to achieve."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports ISW.
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