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Reverse the Surge: More Newspapers Call for Iraq Withdrawal

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Reverse the Surge: More Newspapers Call for Iraq Withdrawal

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Perhaps other papers had discussions or plans in the works for weeks, but it appears that The New York Times' editorial last Sunday calling for the start of a U.S. withdrawal in Iraq may have inspired some major metros to follow a similar line since. Until recently, few papers, no matter how critical of the conduct of the war, had backed a withdrawal of any kind.

The latest today include the The Philadelphia Inquirer, which in an editorial titled "Getting Out of Iraq," declares, "Bush's principles are blocking him from changing his Iraq policy sufficiently to get U.S. troops home as quickly and responsibly as possible. Members of Congress need to be the grown-ups in the room....

"Numerous proposals on Iraq are being discussed on Capitol Hill. The best result would rely on the recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

"Chief among them is planning to remove most U.S. troops from heavy combat in 2008. But that withdrawal needs to be done carefully, with adequate troop protection as military columns head out of the country. Withdrawal will be a very dangerous part of the mission....

"The best proposal would leave the details of military tactics up to Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, while setting overall objectives."

The Detroit Free Press declared on Friday: "It is understandably difficult for the president to declare Iraq a 'lost cause' in terms of the decisive victory and thriving democracy he envisioned five years ago. And Bush is correct that presidents are elected to do what they believe is right, not what is popular. …

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