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Default "Iraq Is Not Winnable" - president of the Council on Foreign Relations


http://www.spiegel.de/international/0%2C1518%2C447763%2C00.html

SPIEGEL INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD HAASS
"Iraq Is Not Winnable"

What happens next in the Middle East? SPIEGEL spoke to Richard Haass,
president of the Council on Foreign Relations, to find out. A widely
respected foreign policy expert, Haass warns that the Middle East could
become dangerous for years to come.

Iraq has become a major issue in the United States. And it's becoming
increasingly clear that the entire region is at risk. Here, a Veteran's Day
memorial to those who have been killed in Iraq.


Iraq has become a major issue in the United States. And it's becoming
increasingly clear that the entire region is at risk. Here, a Veteran's Day
memorial to those who have been killed in Iraq.
SPIEGEL: Mr. Haass, were the election results a message from the voters to
President George W. Bush that it's time for US troops to be pulled out of
Iraq?

Haass: The mid-term election is a signal of widespread popular
dissatisfaction with the course of the Iraq war. But it should not be read
as a signal of support for a particular alternative. Nor will it lead most
Democrats in Congress to call for a quick and complete withdrawal of US
forces. Instead, it will reinforce the likelihood that American policy will
be adjusted. We can anticipate force reductions and redeployments and
possibly a greater emphasis on diplomacy, both within Iraq and with Iraq's
neighbors, including Iran and Syria.

SPIEGEL: Meaning that the Bush Era has come to an end?

Haass: There is something to what you say, in that Iraq was a war of choice
that proved to be much more difficult and expensive than Americans bargained
for. As a result, the public is pushing back. However, it is not just
premature but wrong to say the Bush era is over. The president will be
president for another 800 days. He will be able to take initiatives,
especially in foreign policy given that our system favors executive
leadership. He also may have a better chance to fashion a consensus on
immigration reform. And unanticipated crises almost always provide a
president with the opportunity to do dramatic things.

SPIEGEL: Can you remember a time when US foreign policy was confronted with
so many challenges and difficulties?

Haass: The short answer is: No. During the Cold War, the United States faced
a single challenge that was greater than any we face now. But I can't think
of a time when the United States has faced so many difficult challenges at
once. What makes it worse is we are facing them at a time when we are
increasingly stretched militarily. We are divided politically. We are
stretched also economically, and there is a good deal of anti-Americanism in
the world. It's a very bad combination.

SPIEGEL: Almost five years ago Bush grouped Iraq, North Korea and Iran
together in the now-notorious "Axis of Evil." Now the US is faced with
considerable crises in all three countries. What to do?

Haass: We have allowed ourselves to get into three very difficult
situations. As the United States has learned to its great cost in Iraq,
military force is no panacea. Any option that would be heavily reliant on
the Army is not a realistic option, because the only Army we have is busy
right now.

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