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US has a duty to provide stability for Iraqis

Regarding Robert Dujarric and Andy Zelleke's June 17 Opinion piece, "The death of US strategy in Iraq": This is the particular paragraph that embodies the cause of my frustration with the media for the past few years: " 'Stability' is hardly a worthy political objective for the sacrifices US soldiers and taxpayers continue to make in Iraq. From an American perspective, stability matters only if its terms are consistent with the US national interest; stability for its own sake is meaningless."

"Stability for its own sake is meaningless" in this case had to have been written by an American. I believe that most Iraqis would hold a different viewpoint!

Five years ago, the majority of Americans and the media were all blindly behind the invasion of Iraq and now have tired of this "venture." My point is that, once we kicked in the door of Iraq, we had a moral responsibility to provide this "meaningless" stability to these people instead of turning our backs on them.

We Americans have a terrible penchant for expecting to be applauded for our actions that are often short-sighted, and when accolades are not forthcoming, our feelings get hurt and we lose interest and want to quit.

Let's face it, it's time to show some responsibility and act like grown-ups. Isn't that what we tell our children?


In response to the recent Opinion piece on the US presence in Iraq: Many years ago a baby girl was born in a poor farming village in South Korea. Just a few weeks after her birth the North Korean communists invaded the South and only the fact that this baby was born in what became known as the Pusan Perimeter prevented her from being killed. Today that baby girl is my wife and we have twin sons, as well.

So, in answer to the question "What outcome can justify the cost of fighting on" in Iraq, the answer – my answer – is: Years from now there may be another baby girl, born in Iraq, who marries an American serviceman and has babies, and that would not and could not happen if we abandon Iraq.

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