Gen. David H. Petraeus quote
Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, Multi-National Force Iraq, to the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, Sept. 10.

I believe IraqAca,!a,,cs problems will require a long-term effort. There are no easy answers or quick solutions. And, though we both [U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker] believe this effort can succeed, it will take time. Our assessments underscore, in fact, the importance of recognizing that a premature drawdown of our forces would likely have devastating consequences.

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