As the disastrous war in Iraq grinds on, now at the cost of more than 2,000 American lives and of curiously uncounted thousands of Iraqi casualties, one is struck by the inability of the war’s opponents to mount a compelling campaign against it. Few, to be sure, are reluctant to attack the way the Bush administration has managed the war, but fewer still are willing to say that it is a war that never should have been waged and that the U.S. should make what amends it can to the Iraqi people for the damage it has done and let them to decide their own fate as they see fit. Our task is not, as Bush declaims, to “complete the mission,” but to abandon it as best we can.
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