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Submitted by Bob Burmeister (United States), Oct 25, 2006 at 13:45

Thanks for an insightful article. You are correct and it seems obvious that mistakes have been made in Iraq. I believe these mistake were inevitable given the circumstances and the tools at hand. Consider this analogy. A medic attempts brain surgery with a Swiss army knife. The tool is wrong and the training, as good as it is for many contingencies, is inadequate. But perhaps we are expecting near perfection when an average or barely acceptable standard will do. From a third world perspective we may actually be batting over 300. This confusion is part of the problem and presents a dilemma. Perhaps we should practice nation building at home before we impose it untested on others.

RB

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