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More than just semantics

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Submitted by Godot (United States), Jul 24, 2007 at 13:04

Dera Mr. Pipes,

The entire world is split between two positions reagrding the fate of the "coalition" troops in Iraq: leave vs. stay, you added a variation on the second theme, ie, stay but out of troubled centers. Regardless of my personal stance about the subject, any choice needs to be paired with an anticipated timeline. Are we pulling the troops ASAP to save American lives et après nous le déluge? or we are going keep the troops the way they are, new locations with/without boosting surges? and most importantly, for how long? Are the American people ready and willing for a long and costly involvement? I am afraid that even the decision makers and politicians do not have any reasonable plan. The entire war seems to me as a passive combination of hit or miss and wait and see.

You also kept repeating the term "coalition" troops. Do you really believe that it's the right word? I know that the White House adopted this term from the beginning but we would fool ourselves by repeating their words. It's courageous to use the words that we believe they reflect reality.

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