Regarding the Nov. 12 column “ In Iraq, U.S. verging on insanity”: The Einstein definition of insanity (“doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”) certainly applies to U.S. actions in Iraq. Losing 4,400 soldiers and spending $2 trillion in Iraq didn’t create a viable democracy or free the country from terrorists and civil strife.
Training Iraqi soldiers and equipping them with modern weapons didn’t work the first time, and there is no good reason to think it will succeed this go-around.
According to James Risen, investigative reporter for The New York Times, as much as $14 billion in cash (stacks of $100 bills) was previously flown into Iraq by our government only to have much of it stolen. How many billions of dollars and years of training for Iraqi troops will now be employed by our government while it repeats its failed policies in Iraq?
A fresh U.S. approach to the entire Middle East that doesn’t require trillions of dollars, American boots on the ground and the drone strikes against innocent civilians is long overdue.
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John F. Bridgers, Fuquay-Varina