Re "Kennedy Calls for a Phased Withdrawal From Iraq," Jan. 28: Using Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) rules for engagement in Iraq, we never would have fought against Hitler in World War II. The United States was never directly attacked by the Wehrmacht, just as it was never directly attacked by Iraq.
Now, in a recent speech at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Kennedy says he wants to begin a pullout from Iraq before our mission is completed, sort of like stopping the Allies' advance into Germany at the Rhine. How can freedom and democracy flourish under Kennedy's desire to get out at any cost?
Ken C. Arnold
Re your Jan. 27 editorial, "Which Way Out?": The key phrase that I noticed was "U.S. officials say American troops will stay until Iraq can protect itself." I wonder who these U.S. officials are and who they think Iraq needs protecting from. Turkey? Iran? Syria? Israel? The American occupiers? What we Americans have done to Iraq is shameful, even criminal, and we really should stop doing it.
In my opinion, our work over there is done. Sen. Kennedy recently proposed, "We need a new plan that sets fair and realistic goals for self-government in Iraq, and works with the Iraqi government on a specific timetable for the honorable homecoming of our forces." In other words, bring the troops home -- now!