Reaction to Iraq Report

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

The Iraq Report has become one of the most anticipated on the war in Iraq, but will it have a real impact on our strategy in Iraq?

W. Nathaniel Howell is a former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, and has visited Iraq. He says the report on the war is simply a progress report. It's a mistake to look at it as a defining moment.

Howell says the report on the war, is simply a progress report, and it will not solve the debate over Iraq policy. He adds people will use the information to find whatever they want to in the report.

"People had already made up their minds whether they were for it or against it, it was quite clear from the opening statements," Howell says.

The only surprise for Howell was that General Petraeus is ready to begin withdrawing troops a little faster than anticipated. The top commander in Iraq believes the U.S. can begin reducing troop levels by next summer.

"The military objectives of the surge are in large measure being met," Petraeus said.

While it was Petraeus people were anxious to hear from, Howell says they real key to the report comes from Ambassador Crocker who testified too.

"This will not be where people look, but in looking at the statement Ambassador Crocker made, because it's quite clear the military is making some progress, but that is not sufficient in and of itself," Howell says.

Crocker said, "This process will not be quick, it will be uneven."

Meanwhile, the military announced nine U.S. soldiers died in Iraq Monday.

The President will address the nation later this week and deliver his report on Iraq.

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