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OPINION
December 16, 2005
Re "Bush Admits Mistakes but Defends War," Dec. 15 It's great that the president is finally coming clean about the Iraq war. It would be equally great if he'd apologize to the soldiers killed and wounded, the 30,000 Iraqis killed as well as those who will be killed in the future, the half of America he made feel unpatriotic for questioning the war, the countries he blasted that turned out to have better intelligence (France, Germany and others)...
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OPINION
November 27, 2005
Re "In Cairo, Iraqi Delegates Call for Troop Pullout Schedule," Nov. 22 When and how to withdraw from Iraq has become a divisive and vexing problem, a problem made worse by the overall global impression that the Iraqis don't want us there. I have a suggestion: Call for a vote. An Iraqi referendum on our presence would be a political boon as well as a morale boost. If the Iraqis vote that we should stay, then we would have a tremendous political tool in the Muslim world for justifying our presence and combating the claims that we are a crusading army.
WORLD
November 2, 2005 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
For Sahar Rubayie, the last days of Ramadan are a time to build up her spiritual strength by fasting and contemplating the Koran. But they're also a time to build up her wardrobe, and her country's economy, by shopping for clothes in anticipation of Eid al-Fitr, the annual three-day period of family gatherings and celebrations that marks the end of the holy month.
OPINION
October 31, 2005
Re "Americans won't let Democrats lose Iraq," Opinion, Oct. 28 David Gelernter's arguments have nothing to do with the real problem, which is politicians getting us into wars that have no basis in anything intelligent. I may not reflect everyone's opinion, but I would have been as gung-ho as the most conservative Republican for going to war against terror. Osama bin Laden and his followers would be dead or in prison by now. But what have we got instead? A mess that, like Vietnam, seems to divide the country.
OPINION
October 13, 2005
Re "A Central Pillar of Iraq Policy Crumbling," Oct. 9 This article assumes there is a unified insurgency and that it is somehow directly connected to Sunni political participation. In fact, there are various faces of the insurgency in Iraq, including that of the Islamists with Abu Musab Zarqawi. Meanwhile, Iraqi Sunnis in a larger sense realize that they have to participate to make progress within their country. The real fight will be between the Sunni tribal structure and the Islamists.
OPINION
October 9, 2005
Re "Bush Likens War on Terror to Cold War," Oct. 7 I felt a complete letdown when President Bush stated that we were, once again, going to engage in fighting "city by city" to "defeat the enemy." This is the same story we have been hearing since he declared "mission accomplished" 2 1/2 years ago. This is a whirlpool that just keeps going around, sucking our soldiers and the Iraqi people under. How many times do our troops have to "retake" cities before this nightmare is over? There is absolutely no end in sight.
WORLD
August 29, 2005
Today Iraqi political leaders completed the process for drafting a permanent constitution. Their example is an inspiration to all who share the universal values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. The negotiators and drafters of this document braved the intimidation of terrorists, and they mourn the cowardly assassination of friends and colleagues involved in the process of drafting the constitution.
WORLD
August 16, 2005 | Ashraf Khalil and Caesar Ahmed, Times Staff Writers
Iraqi officials facing a midnight deadline and intense pressure from the Bush administration failed Monday to finish writing a new constitution, stumbling on long-standing differences over the division of power and oil money, the role of religion and the status of women. The National Assembly, summoned for an extraordinary session, voted just half an hour before midnight to extend by a week the Aug. 15 deadline for drafting the constitution. The decision was a setback for the U.S.
OPINION
July 21, 2005
Re "A Commander Caught in the Mire of Vietnam," Gen. William C. Westmoreland obituary, July 19 It's interesting that we criticize the generals but forget that they must do as their commander in chief orders. We have lost wars (or police actions) in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq because the generals did not run the war, the president and his team did. We are losing the present war in Iraq, or at least extending it tremendously, because President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are running the war. Westmoreland dedicated himself to the service of this country.
WORLD
May 4, 2005 | Ashraf Khalil and Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writers
Iraqi lawmakers swore in the country's first elected government in generations Tuesday, but top Sunni Arab officials stayed away in an apparent protest that once again highlighted the nation's deep sectarian divides. Three Sunni officials, led by Vice President Ghazi Ajil Yawer, skipped the swearing-in ceremony of a Cabinet dominated by Shiite Muslims and Kurds -- groups that were marginalized during the quarter-century reign of Saddam Hussein, himself a Sunni Arab.
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