Inbox: Oct. 1, 2007

The Progress Report

You asked "How Much Longer?" for the war in Iraq [Sept. 17]. My question is, How do you get out of quicksand when you are in it up to your waist? It doesn't take a four-star general to see that the fanatical enemy simply has to sit back and wait. When we withdraw soldiers, the counterinsurgents and terrorists can resume their attacks. And if we ever completely pull out of Iraq, corruption and civil war will continue until the country inevitably becomes another Iran. Let's declare victory now and get the hell out.

John J. Grimes Watertown, Mass.

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