Century Marks

Quagmire? The Center for American Progress has a plan for getting the U.S. out of the quagmire of Iraq. For starters, the Bush administration should convene an international summit to develop a consensus on political, security and economic arrangements. An interim international group should provide oversight for Iraq until the elections scheduled for January 2005. In the meantime, troop levels should increase to meet the security challenges on the ground, with NATO in command of this stabilization project. An Oil Trust Fund should be established, run by Iraqi governmental and nongovernmental representatives, which would channel Iraqi oil revenue toward rebuilding the country. Whatever the exit plan, the U.S. needs to give up absolute control, and the Iraqi people themselves need some hope about their future.


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