“Civilians Die in Joint Raid on a Village, Complicating U.S. Pullout Talks in Iraq” (TIMES, 8/7/11)


     All U.S. troops should be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of this year.  No “complication” justifies keeping our armed forces there.

     Doubletalk like Maj-Gen Jeffrey Buchanan’s statement that additional U.S. forces “secured the area but were not engaged in the operation” should not fool anybody.

     Since the previous administration created a quagmire there, the present one has the difficult task of extricating the troops; but it must be done.

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