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National Strategy for Victory in Iraq

November 30, 2005

The White House

The following document articulates the broad strategy the President set forth in 2003 and provides an update on our progress as well as the challenges remaining.

"The United States has no intention of determining the precise form of Iraq's new government. That choice belongs to the Iraqi people. Yet, we will ensure that one brutal dictator is not replaced by another. All Iraqis must have a voice in the new government, and all citizens must have their rights protected.

Rebuilding Iraq will require a sustained commitment from many nations, including our own: we will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more."

-- President George W. Bush
February 26, 2003

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Strategic Overview

  • Victory in Iraq Defined
  • Victory in Iraq is a Vital U.S. Interest
  • The Benefits of Victory in Iraq
  • The Consequences of Failure
  • Our Enemies and Their Goals
  • The Strategy of Our Enemies
  • Our Strategy for Victory is Clear
    A. The Political Track (Isolate, Engage, Build)
    B. The Security Track (Clear, Hold, Build)
    C. The Economic Track (Restore, Reform, Build)
  • This Strategy is Integrated, and its Elements are Mutually Reinforcing
  • Victory Will Take Time
  • Why Our Strategy Is (and Must Be) Conditions-Based
  • Our Strategy Tracks and Measures Progress

Strategy in Detail

  • The Political Track in Detail
  • The Security Track in Detail
  • The Economic Track in detail
  • Organization for Victory


  • The Eight Pillars

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