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Out of Iraq

By PAM BERNS
Despite what President Bush just said—that we are in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi people—polls show that the citizens of Iraq overwhelmingly want us to end our occupation.

Did anyone besides Ahmed Chalabi invite us to bomb Baghdad with Shock and Awe? Iraqis have paid a dear price for our invasion and occupation. Some estimates claim that around 650,000 Iraqis have died since we arrived. And now they are hosts to al Qaeda and other terrorists. We created a monster.

We only need to look at the proposed U.S.-supported Iraqi petroleum law which has been received with a lukewarm reception by Maliki’s shaky Iraqi government. This law would give foreign oil companies rights to most of the undeveloped oil fields. No doubt Halliburton, Exxon, Shell et al appreciate what Bush has been trying to do for them. But what about our troops? What are we doing for them? Let us bring them home.

Published: May 29, 2007