Former National Security Adviser: Post-War Challenges Ahead

The United States can be proud of toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, but there is a lot of work ahead, cautioned Samuel Berger, former National Security Adviser under President Clinton.

At a Monday keynote at the RSA Conference, Berger addressed the situation in Iraq and the state of national security after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Berger said he was proud of steps taken in the 1990s to develop the military that created a “digital battlefield” in which intelligence and fighting forces were “integrated like never before.” But with the collapse of the regime and the war ending, the United States now must focus on stabilizing Iraq. “The challenge here is truly daunting,” Berger said, citing the need to control civil strife, provide food and water, help administer a civil government, secure oil fields, and deal with war criminals. Full Story

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