On June 13, the Brookings Institution hosted Senior Fellows Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack for a discussion of their findings from a recently completed fact-finding mission to Iraq. Beyond offering an assessment of drawdown plans for U.S. troops, the two Iraq experts discussed the fallout from recent battles in Basra, Mosul and elsewhere in Iraq.
Almost one year ago, Pollack and O’Hanlon traveled to Iraq to assess the state of the U.S. military mission in that country. At the time, Iraq was reeling from multiple and massive insurgent attacks throughout the first half of 2007. In an editorial in the New York Times, upon their return, they called for increased U.S. troop levels into the fall and the early part of 2008.