IN OR OUT; Should the U.S. pull out of Iraq? Fight al Qaeda instead
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It is ironic that the policy on which George Bush and John Kerry most strongly agree -- "staying the course" in Iraq -- is a wrongheaded idea whose political and military costs and consequences are spiraling out of control. Continued occupation of Iraq will only lead to more death and suffering in that tortured land, and to greater resentment of the United States throughout the world. We may win all the firefights, but every new encounter reinforces the point that we are losing the "battle of the story." Fewer and fewer people, anywhere in the world, see this as "liberation."
The San Francisco Chronicle