Prepared Testimony by Geoffrey Kemp Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing: Repercussions of Iraq Stabilization and Reconstruction Policies

June 12, 2003

In the months preceding the Iraq war, an intense international debate took place on the wisdom and consequences of using military forces to overthrow Saddam Hussein. One issue on which supporters and most opponents of the war concurred was that the United States and its allies would defeat the Iraqi armed forces, and that the most difficult problems were likely to arise following victory. This prediction was correct. The shortterm glory of a quick, decisive and remarkably effective military victory has been replaced by a more sober realization of America's long-term strategic commitments to the region.