Capitol Hill Briefing

Exiting Iraq: Why the U.S. Must End the Military Occupation and Renew the War against Al Qaeda

June 21, 2004 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

B-338 Rayburn House Office Building

Featuring Christopher A. Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies and Director of the Cato Institute Special Task Force on Exiting Iraq; with comments by Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution.

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A continued military occupation of Iraq is not in America’s interest. Resources spent on occupying Iraq distract attention from the gravest threats to American security. Remaining in Iraq threatens to perpetuate the slow bleed of American lives and treasure and could potentially lead to more attacks against Americans, both in the homeland and abroad. By removing its military forces from Iraq, the U.S. could confer legitimacy on the Iraqi interim government, remove the key rallying point for anti‐​American terrorists, and refocus America’s energies on finding and uprooting the Al Qaeda network. Please join us for a discussion of a new report by a Cato Institute task force that outlines a plan for an expeditious military exit from Iraq.