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Job not done

September 26, 2006

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To the editor:

I agree with Allan Hanson that the war in Iraq is the most important issue facing Americans today; there isn't a day goes by I don't think about this war and what it will mean for our country and the people of Iraq.

Yet I can't agree with the ballot question proposed by the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Recognizably a symbolic act, it doesn't go much beyond that.

Yes, it is true caches of weapons of mass destruction have not been found, but, make no mistake, Saddam Hussein was a vile leader who had to go. I wonder what stance Mr. Hanson and his group would have if such weapons had been found and our situation in Iraq were the same as it is now. Would they still advocate withdrawal?

Nearly 3,000 Americans - some of them Kansans - have died in Iraq, as have thousands of Iraqis. As a reservist I have known many who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and my own brother is a contractor just outside Baghdad. It may sound corny, but these young men and women truly believe they are helping Iraqis build a better Iraq.

To leave now, before the job is done, would be ruinous for America but, more importantly, ruinous for the Iraqis, like those who work daily and have pledged their lives to a building a better future for their people and nation.

David L. Teska,

Lawrence

Comments

Bradley Kemp 8 years, 2 months ago

Bozo is right. There is nothing to do in Iraq that we can do. Others, perhaps, can -- and we should foot the bill for their efforts. But until we leave, the insurgency will continue (and probably continue to escalate), and there will be no hope of establishing order or preserving Iraq as a nation.

chavezcis 8 years, 2 months ago

David, David, David...

The end NEVER justifies the means. Just because we "got rid" of Saddam doesn't mean we did so in an ethical way. Destroying the lives of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of troops isn't enough to make you realize that we should call this Vietnam 2 and get out? Mmmmm...sweet denial.

Oh, and please don't say "there is a job to be done." How about, "there is money to gain", or "we messed up and have our reputations to save".

Calling the grass blue doesn't make it any less green.

Speakout 8 years, 2 months ago

Because we invaded Iraq, the terrorists have grown to such numbers that it will be difficult to win the peace. There is no peace when Americans are forcing their will on others.

If we leave now, we will be more respected for our strength to understand what is really needed to win the peace there. Our staying prolongs the pain and kills more and more people.

This administration has no power to restrain themselves and works NOT for the betterment of the people. If that were true, Rumsfeld and others would have been gone long ago.

BigDog 8 years, 2 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus - "BTW, a sizable percentage of those deployed in Iraq believe that there is nothing to be gained by staying."

Can you show me your source for this information?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

The point is that there is no doable job to be done. Saddam Hussein was removed from power years ago, and life has only become worse for the average Iraqi, so let's quit pretending that there was ever anything that could be accomplished by this boneheaded imperial misadventure, and get out now.

BTW, a sizable percentage of those deployed in Iraq believe that there is nothing to be gained by staying.

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