President Barack Obama has invited the US Ambassador to Iraq, representatives from the State Department and senior military leaders in order to explore several issues such as the process of withdrawal from Iraq and strategy in Afghanistan. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will participate in the session. A spokesperson for the Iraqi government indicated Prime Minister Maliki would support withdrawal of US forces prior to 2011.
It is a good idea to review the process of war, but, more important is reviewing the process of peace. Another 30,000 or 60,000 troops in Afghanistan will not solve that war. Obama has to convene a session to discuss how do we achieve peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East without use of troops. Is it time for leading Muslim nations to become more actively involved in resolving problems in the region? Is it possible to split the Taliban and work with those who might be more amenable to pursuing a path toward peace?
War is the last resort, not the first if the goal is peace.