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Will Obama repeat Bush's big mistake in Iraq?

It seems to me that by vowing to get out of Iraq in 16 months, President Obama is not departing from the mistakes of George Bush, but repeating them. That is, Bush was persistently overoptimistic about Iraq. His original war plan assumed that the United States would get down to 30,000 troops in Iraq by the fall of 2003. Instead, here we are more than five years later with more than four times that number of troops mired in Iraq. I hope we can stop planning for Iraq only on best-case assumptions. I mean, it hasn't worked, I think.

It is time to start thinking realistically about Iraq, and stop walking in the failed footsteps of Bush, as Jason Raimondo would have us do, even though he doesn't seem to understand that. And good for you, Joan Walsh.

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Shooting blindfolded and handcuffed Iraqi prisoners

Call me a softie, but I don't understand why this murder case involving American troops hasn't gotten more media attention in this country. This seems to me worse than the tortures at Abu Ghraib. According to court testimony, the Army soldiers then dumped the bodies of the four murdered Iraqis in a Baghdad canal.

And Stars & Stripes -- yes, the Pentagon's newspaper -- deserves a shoutout for staying on the story.