Letter to the Editor
Change Course in Iraq
Newsweek recently reported that a Princeton University
poll indicated that 58% of Americans surveyed said that they
were not confident that the US government could establish
a stable democratic form of government in Iraq over the long
term. In addition, the US Catholic Bishops have called for
an honest assessment of our moral responsibilities toward
Iraq and that the present administration should commit our
nation to a policy of responsible transition.
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, Chairman, USCCB Committee on
International Policy, said, ““Our nation cannot
afford a shrill and shallow debate that distorts reality and
reduces the options to ‘cut and run’ versus ‘stay
But a change in course is growing more urgent every day.
Close to 50,000 Iraqi citizens have lost their lives because
of an ill-conceived and poorly planned assault on their country
by the United States government. By what logic would the US
continue on a course that offers no way to measure victory
or determine success? What does success in Iraq look like?
When there are only 60,000 Iraqi citizens dead? 80,000? 100,000?
How does President Bush measure victory? The answer to this
question should determine the course in Iraq.
Responsible transition gets us out of this quagmire and
recognizes that the presence of US military in the country
is serving as a magnet for further violence and chaos. By
what logic can we claim a moral high ground when we can offer
no reasonable assurance that continued US troop presence will
bring some greater good to Iraqi’s people?
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