A Grim Anniversary

Four years into the war, the situation in Iraq is grim. To protect our national security, we must adopt a strategic redeployment strategy.

On March 19, 2003, President Bush spoke to the nation from the Oval Office and announced that the United States was invading Iraq. “Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly — yet, our purpose is sure. … [O]ur forces will be coming home as soon as their work is done.” Four years later, the American public is no longer sure what the president’s “purpose” was for invading Iraq, nor do we know when our troops will be coming home. Violence in Iraq continues to skyrocket, and Bush’s escalation seems to be driving the United States into “a much deeper and longer-term role in policing Iraq than since the earliest days of the U.S. occupation.”

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