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Dave Arnholt, Moorhead, letter: Can't make silk purse of sow's ear

Regarding "Progress in Iraq but we only hear silence," letter, Jeff Langley, Monango, N.D., Dec. 5: There is silence about Iraq because there is little to celebrate yet. Yes, we can be cautiously hopeful because the body count has dropped. In tha...

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Regarding "Progress in Iraq but we only hear silence," letter, Jeff Langley, Monango, N.D., Dec. 5:

There is silence about Iraq because there is little to celebrate yet. Yes, we can be cautiously hopeful because the body count has dropped. In that respect, the surge is working. However, if we put every law official in North Dakota in Monango, my thought is there would be little crime in Monango but the rest of North Dakota would be wide open.

Victory in Iraq is about more than "body count." Part of a victory is a free and democratic or representative government. Iraq is still occupied and run by foreign governments, including our own. A win can't be claimed in that arena. The Iraqi "government" is so dysfunctional it is little more than a paper tiger. Once again, this is a no-win, and after how many years? The Taliban is having a resurgence because so much of our military is in Iraq so we can't claim a win on that front.

When one considers the impact of the war here at home, one must look at the monetary cost to the country, the number of military killed, the many thousands maimed physically and mentally for life. What about the families who have lost members and children who have to grow up without parents? The military suicide rate is way up, divorces are up, and morale is down. These are hardly wins to trumpet in newspapers. The pathetic part is this was all brought on by lies from those on high. No wonder there is still silence.

I must also add, the military is doing a super job. They go where they are sent and do what they are told. Our military has done that to the best of their ability. It is not their fault they have been wrung dry by those without a clue. Let it be clear, you just can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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Dave Arnholt, Moorhead, letter: Can't make silk purse of sow's ear 20071213

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