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‘A responsible plan to end the war’

Do we stay in Iraq indefinitely or get out of Iraq now? Neither option looks responsible to me. This war has killed our soldiers, and sent the survivors back again and again at great personal price. This war has killed and maimed thousands upon thousands of Iraqi people. It has driven millions of ordinary Iraqi citizens from their homes, jobs and schools into desperate situations. It has created more enemies of the U.S. around the world than ever before. It is costing us trillions of dollars – have you heard, $5,000 a second?

Whether or not the “surge” is “working,” staying in Iraq feeds the intolerable notion, throughout the Middle East, of America as an occupier. But simply leaving abruptly would likely result in more tragic bloodshed and chaos.

There is a plan called “A Responsible Plan to End the War” in Iraq, developed by experienced military officers and former presidential advisors, and endorsed by many Democratic candidates for Congress, which attempts to do what its name says it will do. Check it out on the Internet. Let’s move beyond the fight between “Get out now!” and “Don’t cut and run!”

Janet Bullock

Nevada City

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