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Pat Schulz, Bismarck, N.D. letter: Sen. Reid is correct about our Iraq policy

The Forum's April 24 editorial about Sen. Harry Reid's, D-Nev., comments regarding the war in Iraq was way off base. What Reid said is nothing more that what Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, has said: There is no military solu...

The Forum's April 24 editorial about Sen. Harry Reid's,

D-Nev., comments regarding the war in Iraq was way off base.

What Reid said is nothing more that what Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, has said: There is no military solution to the war in Iraq.

Sen. Reid's comments were no different than what President Bush's top outside adviser on the war in Iraq, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, has said: Military victory is no longer possible in Iraq.

Are the president's top commander in Iraq and top outside adviser on the war in Iraq also "giving aid and comfort" to U.S. enemies with their comments?

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Sen. Reid is correct to insist that we change our policy in Iraq. Our troops are in the middle of a vicious civil war in a country where a majority of the population believes it is acceptable to kill our troops. We need to change course, and do so fast if we are to have any chance of stabilizing Iraq.

Changing that policy is also the only way we are going to rebuild our military and re-focus on the threat from terrorists.

None of this is radical: It's exactly what the Iraq Study Group said last October.

That blue-ribbon panel, which included Democrats and Republicans, was led by former Republican Secretary of State Jim Baker and former Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission Lee Hamilton. It was appointed by President Bush.

Were they, too, "giving aid and comfort" to U.S. enemies?

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