Iraq: No Easy Options

AN ERUPTION OF IRAQI INSURGENCY TESTS U.S. RESOLVE AND PLAYS HAVOC WITH PLANS TO HAND OVER CONTROL. HOW WILL THE PRESIDENT RESPOND? HERE ARE THREE SCENARIOS

The mosques of Fallujah were silent last week. There were no clerics left to call the faithful to prayer. Some of the minarets that rise above the city were bullet-ridden and broken, targeted by American guns aiming to kill any Iraqi insurgents who might be taking cover inside. Buildings throughout the city lay in smoldering ruins in the wake of days of U.S. tank assaults and air strikes. It is not surprising that a ferocious battle erupted in Fallujah--the heart of the so-called Sunni triangle, where those loyal to Saddam Hussein and his thuggish regime have made their most violent stands.....

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