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Iraq: Reflections on the Surge and the Way Forward

Recorded on January 8, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

The Bush Administration's "Plan B" for Iraq, announced in January 2007 and fully operational in June, has produced remarkable improvements in the security situation.  How much progress has been made in Iraq and how sustainable are these security achievements as the level of U.S. troops gradually drops to previous levels?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of the surge strategy?  What are the prospects for ultimate success?  How can U.S. policy in Iraq be improved?