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McClatchy: New U.S. Military Leaders Question Mission in Iraq

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McClatchy: New U.S. Military Leaders Question Mission in Iraq

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While the recent "surge" report by General David Petraeus dominated headlines in recent weeks, other top military leaders have quietly been questioning the U.S. military mission in Iraq, according to a report today for McClatchy newspapers.

Meanwhile, from Baghdad, Ned Parker of the Los Angeles Times produces today a detailed look at the U.S. sniper unit at the center of charges of unlawfully shooting Iraqis, perhaps after luring them with "bait." They say they felt under pressure from superiors to up the "body count," as in the Vietnam war.

Nancy Youssef and Renee School of McClatchy's Washington bureau open their story, "Four and a half years after the nation's top military leaders saluted and fell in behind President Bush's pre-emptive invasion of Iraq, their replacements are beginning to question the mission and sound alarms about the toll the war is taking on the Army and the Marine Corps.

"The change at the Pentagon is striking but little-noticed, in part because Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a longtime veteran of the CIA, is quiet where his predecessor Donald H. …

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