Arabs say Petraeus report offers no Iraq solution

A long-waited report by the top U.S. general in Iraq offers no new ideas on ending bloodshed and suggests Washington has lost the war whether its troops stay in Iraq or go, according to analysts in the Arab world.

Arabs say Petraeus report offers no Iraq solution
A long-waited report by the top U.S. general in Iraq offers no new ideas on ending bloodshed and suggests Washington has lost the war whether its troops stay in Iraq or go, according to analysts in the Arab world.

General David Petraeus, facing Democratic lawmakers and many voters demanding a quick end to the U.S. engagement in Iraq, recommended cutting American troops by 30,000 in the next year but not fundamentally changing strategy in the unpopular war.

The reduction would return U.S. troop strength to roughly the same level it was before an increase ordered by U.S. President George W. Bush from February to June.

Analysts from across the Arab world were disappointed by the reports from Petraeus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, which they said seemed calculated only to shore up Bush's policy and preclude any substantial shift in approach on Iraq.

"Washington wants to bring the situation in Iraq back to square one, to the pre-surge period, which means there is no improvement. Things are not really moving forward," said Khaled al-Dakhil, a political sociology professor in Saudi Arabia.

"The situation in Iraq looks increasingly beyond rescue."

The report to Congress was seen as a crucial moment in the U.S. debate over the war.

Both Petraeus and Crocker believe the troop surge in a war that is now in its fifth year and has killed over 3,700 U.S. troops and tens of thousands of Iraqis is working.



Reuters
Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2007, 17:34
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