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August 28, 2014 at 6:13 AM

U.S. goals in Iraq questionable

Pull out of Iraq

Guest columnist Robin Wright suggests that U.S. policy in Iraq should be what is in the best interest of the United States [“Defining a new Iraq mission,” Opinion, Aug. 26].

Coming from someone who is a scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the best interests of the U.S. should be obvious. The latest estimate of the cost of the war in Iraq according to Brown University was $1.1 trillion.


What has the war accomplished? Islamic tribes in Iraq have been at war with each other for centuries and will continue to battle over control of the tribes. How do we decide which Islamic sect to support? To all the different tribes we are the infidel. Sooner or later we will end up fighting against our own weapons captured by a different sect.

Bombing any group makes us the enemy of all the groups. It is time to pull out of Iraq and let the country settle its own disputes. That $1.1 trillion could have gone a long way toward solving our health-care problems, fixing our broken infrastructure such as bridges and highways, or paying off the deficit.

Charles Hodson, Federal Way

Comments | Topics: government, iraq, national debt

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