After almost four years of fighting and more than 3,000 Americans killed in Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush proposed an increase in troop strength to bolster the declining campaign. Readers debated the principle of persevering toward some kind of victory and whether more soldiers can make that happen

"What a Surge Really Means" [Jan. 15] depicted a growing consensus, even within the President's party, that the Iraq invasion has led to an endless quagmire of violence and destruction. This Administration's judgment cannot be trusted. From the beginning, the White House ignored experienced military leaders and...

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