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Letter: Iraqi war needs to end, but without leaving Iraq in lurch

It is fairly certain that some 600,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed in the war. The number of wounded is unknown. We can never atone for our irresponsible -- some would say criminally negligent -- invasion, but with at least 28,000 American c...

It is fairly certain that some 600,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed in the war. The number of wounded is unknown.

We can never atone for our irresponsible -- some would say criminally negligent -- invasion, but with at least 28,000 American casualties (dead and wounded, military and support people), $412 billion spent ($2,170 per taxpayer), and Iraqis running amok, pressure for withdrawal is strong.

All of us are sick of the slaughter. None of us is unfeeling about the suffering of our military and support people, or about the grief and anguish and worry of American military family and friends. Adding to our despair is the sometimes infuriating, even futile, task of working with Iraqi military.

Particular caring is due National Guard people who signed up to protect our nation and die in Iraq trying to protect Iraqis from themselves.

Yes, let's bring the Guard home. However, I believe our continued military and support presence in Iraq will save lives. Despite the rant of people, who for political gain climb on the withdrawal bandwagon, I think most Americans believe as I do that, having enabled the horror, we are morally obligated to stay in Iraq until the Iraqis are able to control their country, however many years that may be.

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I hope we do not elect a president who would leave Iraq in the lurch.

Jim Johnston

Bemidji

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