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'St. Pete Times': Now Is Time to Exit Iraq

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'St. Pete Times': Now Is Time to Exit Iraq

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Taking a stronger stand that it has in the past, the St. Petersburg Times declared in an editorial today (as the headline put it), "Time has come to end Bush's failed Iraq war."

The paper, noting the events of the past days, observed, "It was the week some had hoped would mark a turning point in the fractious debate over the Iraq war. The turn was discouraging. It left little hope that the war will end any time soon....

"Nothing the Congress and the public heard last week changed the choice we face as a nation - either continue with Bush's ill-defined and open-ended military commitment to Iraq, or begin an orderly and strategic withdrawal of U.S. combat troops in concert with a full-scale diplomatic surge in the region. We strongly come down on the side of those, including a majority of the American people, who believe it's time to start winding down the war and for the United States to put the responsibility for that miserable country's future where it belongs, in the hands of the Iraqi people and their leaders.

"The United States is 4 1/2 years into this disastrous war at a cost so far of nearly 3,800 Americans killed, thousands more horribly wounded and almost $1-trillion in national treasure. Yet, the president refuses to acknowledge that his way has failed. If there were ever any doubts, Bush's speech made it clear that he has no strategy for ending this war, much less winning it."

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Americans should not be under any illusions about how and when this war will end or that there are any good choices left. Regardless of which side prevails in Washington - and Bush appears to have the political advantage for now - there almost certainly will be a substantial American military presence in Iraq on the day his successor takes office. And even if the next president is a Democrat who moves quickly to end the war, U. …

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