The Progress Report

Michael Duffy's piece revealed that the U.S. has bottomed out in Iraq [Sept. 17]. Americans are not merely war weary; they are exhausted and desperate. The Bush Administration's misuse of the military threatens to bring about its ruin. Furthermore, Iraq is not a nation, and nobody can unite its tribes. The notion that Iraq can be democratized or even civilized must be abandoned. But the industrialized world cannot risk a disruption of the Middle East's oil supply, so the U.S. must find a way to keep Iran in its box and prevent any of Iraq's three major sectarian groups from...

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