Untangling the United States from Iraq

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photoAmericans keep dying in Iraq. Soldiers long to return home. President Bush once talked about a quick ouster. But the fighting drags on as U.S. tolerance for war casualties wears thin. The army is struggling to hand over power in a country still in shambles.

U.S. soldiers have a long, down-in-the-trenches battle ahead in Iraq, said Boston University professor Andrew Bacevich in a provocative Los Angeles Times editorial. The United States is enmeshed in a guerilla war that it can win, but the war will drag on for months, and maybe even years.


Felicity Barringer, Chief United Nations reporter for the New York Times

Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University, author of "American Empire: Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy"

Max Singer, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, co-author of "The Real World Order: Zones of Peace, Zones of Turmoil"

This program aired on July 22, 2003.


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