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President Bush went into Iraq believing that it would be a replay of the Gulf War, and so he had no exit strategy. Saddam Hussein had stockpiled arms that were allowed by the United Nations sanctions, and the Coalition troops were not able to stabilize Iraq. The conflict became a quagmire--a dilemma, that they couldn't stay and couldn't leave.
Once President Bush understood that he had thrust Iraq into civil war, the solution was to work with Saddam Hussein, who had been an ally of the United States during the Iraq/Iraq War. Instead, he chose the surge. Our original exit strategy called for putting Saddam Hussein back into power temporarily to stabilize Iraq under the conditions that he help to transition Iraq into full participation in the creation of the proposed international government. Saddam Hussein's death made the simple solution far more difficult. Now the United States must go the long way around by working to undo the damage that has been done. The planning for the Exit Strategy for Iraq enables the stakeholder nations to come together to end the conflict with the goal to set up an international court system so that disputes between nations will be resolved in court rather than the battlefield. The people who have died or whose lives have been torn apart by this conflict did not suffer in vain. __________________ Karen Holmes, Principal The World Peace Organization for the One World Government