The Real Iraq We Knew

By 12 former Army captains

Tuesday, October 16, 2007; 12:00 AM

"Today marks five years since the authorization <  > of military force in Iraq, setting
 Operation Iraqi Freedom in motion. Five years on, the Iraq
war is as undermanned and under-resourced as it was from the start. And, five years on, Iraq is in shambles.

As Army captains who served in Baghdad and beyond, we've seen the corruption and the sectarian division. We understand what it's like to be stretched too thin. And we know when it's time to get out."

Why do we not stop this incredible slaughter and waste and destruction, this sordid, interminable, and expanding war? I believe it boils down to one central reason. As a country we cannot bear to say that we have made a horrible, massive mistake. We cannot bear, in short, to lose face. What a reason for continuing. The one thing we might learn from this incredible tragedy is to gain a clear view of the enemy. If we peer closely through the blood and death and awful ruin we can see the enemy clearly. He is us.-- Psychologist Carl Rogers commenting on the Vietnam War

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