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YouTakeTheSkyway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 05:42 PM
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116. Strongly Disagree
The Iraqis heard promises from day one that we weren't intending on staying, so I'm not sure why you believe that repeating those lines in 2007 resulted in some miraculous changes. Would you mind explaining?

It seems pretty clear that what turned things around was our outreach to tribal leaders, our willingness to talk directly to insurgent leaders, and a change in the way we patrolled populated urban areas (from ducking back inside an enclosed base every night to living side by side with the populace). Oh yeah, and both al-Qaeda and al-Sadr's goons deciding to pursue the path of absolute bloodbath, thus turning the vast majority of Iraqis against them.
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