For Iraq’s Neighbors, the Gift of Fear

Last week, Sens. Richard Lugar (R¿Ind.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) broke with the Bush administration and called for the United States to begin redeploying troops from Iraq.

Though most observers focused on the senators’ call to start bringing U.S. troops home, less attention was paid to the second part of what Lugar and Voinovich said — that the United States needs to intensify its diplomatic efforts with Iraq’s neighbors to get them to play a more constructive role in the region.

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