Book Discussion on Out of Iraq

William Polk and former Senator George McGovern talked about their book, Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now, just released in… read more

William Polk and former Senator George McGovern talked about their book, Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now, just released in paperback by Simon and Schuster. They argued that the war in Iraq is too expensive and outlined a plan to bring U.S. troops home. They described the plan as a gradual one that does not involve “cutting and running” or deserting the Iraqi people. Mr. McGovern and Mr. Polk explained why they feel that Iraq was not a mortal threat prior to the invasion and detailed the long-term effects of guerilla warfare. After their discussion they responded to audience members' questions. 

Former Senator McGovern, the Democratic Party presidential candidate in 1972, was also a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. 

Mr. Polk was a member of the Policy Planning Council under President Kennedy, professor of history at the University of Chicago, and president of the Adlai E. Stevenson Institute of International Affairs. His books include Understanding Iraq: The Whole Sweep of Iraqi History, from Genghis Khan’s Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British Mandate to the American Occupation, published by Harper Perennial. close

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Oct 29, 2006
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Oct 30, 2006

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  • Oct 29, 2006 | 2:29pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 30, 2006 | 2:00am EST | C-SPAN 2
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