Iraq: CAN THIS WAR BE WON?

THE FIVE GOALS THAT SHOULD BE MET BEFORE THE U.S. LEAVES

IT WAS ALWAYS A SMALL MEASURE OF comfort for most foreign civilians in Iraq that no matter how bad things got they could be pretty sure to find a way out. Not anymore. The major arteries leading to Iraq's borders, once clogged with U.S.-made SUVs carrying journalists and diplomats and aid workers, are now no-go areas patrolled by insurgents eager to kidnap or kill any foreigner they come across. The safest exit strategy is to catch a flight out of Baghdad's international airport and trust that the pilot can dodge the rockets that rebels sometimes fire at planes after takeoff. But...

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