Iraq Timeline: The “Next Few Months” Are Now
The House Committee on Armed Services is meeting today to consider "what’s next for Iraq." Many military and government officials appear to believe the answer to that question should be "more of the same"—a disastrous status quo.
Throughout this past spring and summer, supporters of the war claimed that September would be the time to evaluate whether the troop escalation was improving the situation on the ground. Progress would be seen in "the next few months, in September," they said.
Now that September’s here and mounting evidence—including recent reports from military professionals, the U.S. intelligence community, and the Government Accountability Office—shows little to no progress in Iraq, war supporters are calling for a next "next few months." Scroll through the timeline below to see the broken record for yourself, going all the way back to 2003.
Use the scroll bar at the bottom to navigate through the timeline. Click on the photos for more information about each statement.
For more on this topic, please see:
- Strategic Reset: Reclaiming Control of U.S. Security in the Middle East
- How to Redploy: Implementing a Responsible Drawdown of U.S. Forces from Iraq
To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:
Print: Liz Bartolomeo (poverty, health care)
202.481.8151 or email@example.com
Print: Tom Caiazza (foreign policy, energy and environment, LGBT issues, gun-violence prevention)
202.481.7141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Allison Preiss (economy, education)
202.478.6331 or email@example.com
Print: Tanya Arditi (immigration, Progress 2050, race issues, demographics, criminal justice, Legal Progress)
202.741.6258 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Chelsea Kiene (women's issues, TalkPoverty.org, faith)
202.478.5328 or email@example.com
Print: Benton Strong (Center for American Progress Action Fund)
202.481.8142 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish-language and ethnic media: Jennifer Molina
202.796.9706 or email@example.com
TV: Rachel Rosen
202.483.2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio: Sally Tucker
202.481.8103 or email@example.com