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Cary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 02:25 PM
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It Is A Simple Matter
t Is A Simple Matter

by Laurence M. Vance

Why are U.S. troops still in Iraq? After all the lies about this war have been exposed, one would think that the American people would be shouting from the housetops for an end to the senseless loss of life of young American soldiers, now numbering 1,827.

So why are U.S. troops still in Iraq? The excuse often given when someone doesnt want to do something is that the action in question is just too complicated to be carried out.

The war in Iraq is no different.

Douglas Feith, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, in a recent interview on NPR, said that withdrawal from Iraq is "not a simple matter." Feith, who will shortly be leaving his post to spend more time with his family, follows Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz in civilian authority at the Pentagon, and is considered to be a principal architect of U.S. postwar strategy in Iraq. Feith has not been without his critics, even within the establishment. Retired Army general Tommy Franks called him "the stupidest guy on the face of the Earth."

But, Mr. Feith, it is a simple matter. Stop making excuses for the fact that you dont want U.S. troops to leave Iraq. The withdrawal of all U.S. and coalition forces from Iraq is a simple matter. And dont dismiss me as an idealist with my head in the clouds. I am not nave enough to think that the entire U.S. military could leave Iraq tomorrow. However, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


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