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Time to go home

The British and Americans should leave Iraq

By Edward Luttwak   October 2003

Just because terrorists are trying to bomb us out of Iraq, it does not mean that we have to stay there. The time has come to recognise that the policy which sent L Paul Bremer to govern Iraq, with troops and contractors working on a myriad projects around the country, has failed and will continue to fail, at ever greater cost. Coalition forces should not abandon Iraq, but they should withdraw to remote desert garrisons and let Iraqis try to govern themselves.

Both the economic and the political aims of the occupation have proven impossible to achieve. This is not…

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