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12 Former Army Captains Write 'Antiwar' Op-Ed for 'Wash Post'

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12 Former Army Captains Write 'Antiwar' Op-Ed for 'Wash Post'

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Those who have fought in Iraq for the U.S. increasingly are voicing their concerns in print. An Op-Ed by seven active duty soldiers in The New York Times raising doubts about the war drew wide attention when it was published -- and then more recently when two of seven were killed there. Now 12 former Army captains who served in Iraq have produced a signed Op-Ed for The Washington Post, also questioning the war and adding, "it's time to get out....America, it has been five years. It's time to make a choice."

The Op-Ed is titled "The Real Iraq We Knew" and is available at www.washingtonpost.com.

The names and background of the 12 appear at the end. Here is an except.*

As Army captains who served in Baghdad and beyond, we've seen the corruption and the sectarian division. We understand what it's like to be stretched too thin. And we know when it's time to get out....

The inability to govern is exacerbated at all levels by widespread corruption. Transparency International ranks Iraq as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. And, indeed, many of us witnessed the exploitation of U.S. tax dollars by Iraqi officials and military officers. Sabotage and graft have had a particularly deleterious impact on Iraq's oil industry, which still fails to produce the revenue that Pentagon war planners hoped would pay for Iraq's reconstruction. Yet holding people accountable has proved difficult. The first commissioner of a panel charged with preventing and investigating corruption resigned last month, citing pressure from the government and threats on his life.

Against this backdrop, the U.S. military has been trying in vain to hold the country together. Even with "the surge," we simply do not have enough soldiers and marines to meet the professed goals of clearing areas from insurgent control, holding them securely and building sustainable institutions. …

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