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Latest update : 2010-02-04

“Obama's Iraq policy must be focused on more than withdrawal”

INTERNATIONAL PRESS REVIEW: Henry Kissinger criticizes the Obama Administration’s approach to Iraq in today’s Washington Post

Here are extracts from Kissinger’s critical op-ed piece in The Washington Post. “During his State of the Union address, Obama managed no more than 101 words on Iraq. Throughout its term the administration has recoiled from discussing Iraq’s geostrategic importance and especially America’s relation to it.”

“Mesopotamia has been the strategic focal point of the region for millennia. Its resources affect countries far away. The diving line between Shiite and the Sunni worlds runs through its centre, indeed through its capital. Iraq’s Kurdish provinces rest uneasily between Turkey and Iran. It cannot be in the American interest to leave the region as a vacuum.”

Kissinger concluded: “The Obama Administration needs to find its voice to convey that Iraq continues to play a significant role in American strategy. In executing an exit strategy, we must make sure that strategy remains linked to the exit.”

Other stories in today’s international papers:

Haaretz
The message is clear: Israel must not strike Iran

Times Online
“Patient ‘locked in’ by brain injury answers question using thoughts alone”

The Daily Telegraph
“Last Mitford girl bemoans demise of stiff upper lip”

The Daily Mail
“Pensioner cleans Britain’s oldest cleaner”
 

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