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What's Next in Iraq?

Months after the United States handed over a portion of its power in Iraq to an interim government in Iraq, conditions in that country have gotten worse. If it is not already in one, America stands on the edge of a holy war in Iraq. According to Peter Beinart writing in New Republic, Muslim clerics including Najaf-based cleric Moqtada Al Sadr have the ability to mobilize thousands of guerilla fighters after declaring a jihad against American troops. After numerous incidents in which the United States military has been withdrawn prior to engaging in a decisive battles with these guerilla fighters, Al Sadr and his militia are more popular than ever in Iraq. Beinart suggests that the decision not to fight is often politically motivated. Specifically, the Bush Administration seems to be making decisions about the war in Iraq intended to please voters during this election campaign period. Beinart implies that decisions about military objectives should always be based on the best available military advice rather than on political considerations (Beinart 6).

Eric Eckholm, Dexter Filins, James Glanz, Edward Wong, and Patricia Smith writing in New York Times Upfront suggest that progress in rebuilding IraqÆs infrastructure has, at times, been painfully slow. America underestimated how poor IraqÆs infrastructure had gotten. While progress is being made on many reconstruction projects, each of these locations is in danger of being attacked by insurgents. The goal of the insurgents is to undermine the efforts of the United States and to damage the legitimacy of IraqÆs interim government.

The authors suggest that reconstruction is only one of the problems facing the Bush Administration. Other problems include escalating violence against American troops as well as against other non-Muslim foreign nationals including civilians, and the entire question of what IraqÆs political landscape will be after the upcoming election. Eckholm...

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