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Power’s world: exiting Iraq and Afghanistan

By Jonathan Power  

What is the exit strategy for Iraq now?, asks Leon Sigal in a prescient article in World Policy Journal. He goes on to tell the tale of how George Aiken, the Republican senator from Vermont, in a speech on the Senate floor in 1966, said the way to end US involvement in Vietnam was to declare victory and get out. Having declared victory in 2004 and not got out, it is too late for President George W Bush or his successors to do that now.

But Aiken had a riposte for that contingency too. A few years later, when it…

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