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June 28, 2005


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Stirling Newberry

The call for a time table is, indeed, misguided, because it will, indeed, lead to more not fewer, US deaths. The insurgents will know forces are leaving, and therefore cannot strike back as effectively, and that their targets will be exposed in withdrawal.

In war, retreat is often the most dangerous option, and the most vulnerable moment. In many battles, more than half of the dead and wounded came during the retreat.


Certainly you are historically correct about retreats in battle. Withdrawing from a territory in warfare is not the same from retreating from a battle, however, and even apart from it just not being a battle, the situation in Iraq is in many other ways quite different from traditional battle.

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