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New Yorker's Filkins: Leaving Iraq in 2011 Was Poor Strategic Decision

New Yorker's Filkins: Leaving Iraq in 2011 Was Poor Strategic Decision

Dexter Filkins, a writer for The New Yorker and author of “The Forever War,” which was critical of the Bush administration’s handling of the war on terror, argued that it was “hard to conclude otherwise” that leaving Iraq in 2011 was “the worse strategic decision” on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”

After hearing a quotation from a soldier in the Iraqi Army, who argued that the Iraqi Armed Forces deteriorated as corruption and desertion ravaged Iraqi security forces after the US’ withdrawal in 2011, Filkins stated it was “hard to conclude otherwise” that leaving Iraq in 2011 was “the worse strategic decision.”

He added “the United States left in 2011, we went to zero…I don’t think it [Iraq] was ready, it just wasn’t ready to function on its own and it couldn’t function without us.”

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