Posted by Ilan Goldenberg
Just reinforcing my previous post. The Government Accountability Office has essentially concluded that we have no strategy (PDF) for Iraq.
U.S. efforts lack strategies with clear purpose, scope, roles, and performance measures. The U.S. strategy for victory in Iraq partially identifies the agencies responsible for implementing key aspects of the strategy and does not fully address how the United States would integrate its goals with those of the Iraqis and the international community. U.S. efforts to develop Iraqi ministry capability lack an overall strategy, no lead agency provides overall direction, and U.S. priorities have been subject to numerous changes. The weaknesses in U.S. strategic planning are compounded by the Iraqi government’s lack of integrated strategic planning in its critical energy sector.
I tend to think that the country's political leadership owes it to 165,000 American troops serving in Iraq to at least have a strategy. Even if it is a bad strategy.