January 27, 2005

BUILT-IN EXIT STRATEGY:

Hoon and Rumsfeld agree Iraq exit strategy (Patrick Wintour and Ewen MacAskill, January 28, 2005, The Guardian)

The US and Britain have privately agreed an exit strategy from Iraq based on doubling the number of local police trainees and setting up Iraqi units that would act as a halfway house between the police and the army.

The agreement was reached on Monday between the US secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, and his British counterpart, Geoff Hoon.

It was based on recommendations from retired US general Gary Luck, sent to Iraq by the Pentagon last month to look at the failings of Iraq's security force.

The more aggressive police force is designed gradually to replace the 150,000 coalition troops and will form the centrepiece of plans for Britain and the US to quit Iraq.


It'll be a coup for the new government to be seen ordering us to draw down.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2005 10:24 PM
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And it's certain that most American conservatives will shriek in genuine outrage when they order us to leave, rather than understanding that it's just part of the show.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 27, 2005 11:39 PM

Talked to a 29 year old kid in my church (ex-army) yesterday, who just signed up as a "contractor" and is leaving next week. 100m for one year. Does this mean he won't get to finish out the year? Will he get the full 100M, even if he doesn't finish the year?

By the way he was promised that it would be tax-free. I think somebody was misleading him.

Posted by: h-man at January 28, 2005 8:58 AM

h:

I think you meant $100K. For $100m, there would be a line at JFK right now.

The limit on overseas earnings (to be tax-free) used to be around $80K, but it is probably higher now. I think the requirement was to actually live off-shore for at least 9 months out of the year.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 28, 2005 2:00 PM

h:

I think you meant $100K. For $100m, there would be a line at JFK right now.

The limit on overseas earnings (to be tax-free) used to be around $80K, but it is probably higher now. I think the requirement was to actually live off-shore for at least 9 months out of the year.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 28, 2005 2:11 PM

$100K and having to live in Iraq isn't a lot of money, even if it is tax-free, if you want even the most minimal conveniences of American life.

The new Iraqi government will enable us to leave in an amicable way. There will be no attempt to boot us out the door gracelessly, as they will need our logistical support, at least, for about the next decade.

Posted by: Bart at January 28, 2005 2:25 PM
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