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Clearwater (Pinellas, Florida)
Iraq: The U.S. broke it, so the U.S. owns it
Iraq: The U.S. broke it, so the U.S. owns it

To the editor: This is the culmination of Colin Powell's admonishment regarding Iraq that "if you break it, you own it." Ultimately, U.S. forces left Iraq in a power vacuum with an unpopular authoritarian government and a country in disarray. ("Obama returns to the quagmire he exited in Iraq," Analysis, Aug. 8) When such a vacuum and disarray exist, it is an opportunity for those who would use terrorism and strong-arm tactics to seize power. The slippery slope here is the possibility of a real domino effect. Left unchecked, the Islamic State marauders could spread far. U.S. air support alone is a Band-Aid solution. This is going to require a coalition of the...

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