The only honorable option is giving Iraq back to the Iraqis


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Speaking from the Oval Office, former governor of Texas George Bush again tried to justify his war: "It was right to remove Saddam Hussein from power." The lie has been laid bare. The war was not based on bad intelligence. It was forced upon us by misinformation labeled as fact. In an interview with the BBC, former secretary of state Colin Powell said that he was provided information by our intelligence community without being told there were questions about reliability. He was lied to. We were lied to. Death upon death built on the desire to remove Saddam Hussein. The pre-emptive attack upon Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 or our security.

Bush claims we have the choice between two options: victory or defeat. Give me the defeat of every candidate running for election or re-election as U.S. senator or U.S. representative in 2006 if they don't call for an immediate end to combat and a very rapid withdrawal of our troops.

This is not a cut-and-run strategy. That's what we did after our war against the people of Vietnam. The peace treaty we signed to conclude that aggression stated "the United States will contribute to healing the wounds of war and to post-war construction of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam." We signed and reneged. There's an axiom: "You break it, you buy it." Well, we've got some fixing to do--and not as a profit-making scheme. Use Iraqi labor and talent.

Tom Broderick
Oak Park

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