Sweeping Change Needed, Not More Tinkering

As even strong Republican supporters of President Bush and the Iraqi invasion, such as Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana and Sen. Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico, now admit publicly, the Iraq surge cannot achieve its main objective. These party loyalists acknowledge that Bush’s surge strategy — aimed at getting Iraq’s leaders to make key decisions to advance their country’s political transition and national reconciliation — is not working and cannot work. Moreover, the surge is actually undermining our strategic interests.

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