The Hard Line on Iraq

To the Editor:

Re “Washington Can’t Handle the Truth” [Sept. 17]:

For years, the Bush administration has been asking for more time, and a lot more money, to keep its failed war-of-choice going. It’s always the same prediction—in 12 to 18 months the Iraqis will be able to govern without us. The truth is that we can’t “win” this war. No “victory” is possible for us in Iraq, only continued shame.

Yet Republicans like Senator John McCain, for example, have a point when they say that leaving Iraq in retreat would be a disaster.

So how do we get out of this mess that Bush and Cheney got us into?

We should separate ourselves, our government, and our country from the corrupt leaders who lured us into this war through their deception and lies. We should prosecute these officials, who usurped our government, for being the war criminals that they are.

Then we can leave Iraq in an orderly manner, with apologies for having confused Saddam Hussein with Osama bin Laden, and find redemption by bringing the people who committed these war crimes in our name to justice.

Bruce Joffe
Piedmont, Calif.

The Hard Line on Iraq