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Obama’s Shameful Iraq Remark

“We can’t try to take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis,” Mr. Obama said during his state of the union address last night. “That’s a recipe for quagmire, spilling American blood and treasure that ultimately will weaken us . . . It’s the lesson of Iraq.”

That is insulting to all who fought. What does Mr. Obama say to the families who lost a loved one: they died in a quagmire that weakened us?

The lesson of Iraq is that after American troops achieved stability, Mr. Obama quit, leading to a larger war and more American deaths.

Bing WestMr. West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine, is a military historian. He has written ten books about our wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the latest of which is The Last Platoon: A Novel of the Afghanistan War.


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