Washington Memo: Shrinking Civilians

On May 8, the Pentagon announced that 35,000 more soldiers are likely to head to Iraq before year's end to maintain the troop surge. Meanwhile, those most responsible for launching the war continue to retreat from public life. Unlike soldiers, who can be barred from shedding their uniforms when their enlistment ends if they are bound for or in a war zone, civilians get no such "stop loss" orders.

Donald Rumsfeld is gone. His war deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, also left the Pentagon and is fighting for his professional life as president of the World Bank. The Pentagon's former No. 3 civilian, policy...

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