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Iraq constitution looks like a recipe for disaster

Re “Draft Clearly Shows Points of Contention,” Aug. 29

Perhaps the Iraqis would find it easier to agree on a constitution if the United States would guarantee to restore full electricity, water and sewage facilities for all Iraqis before the referendum. This would be a good use of our tax dollars.

RONALD MACAULAY

Claremont

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Good grief. Iraqi lawmakers are now “finished” with their proposed new constitution. It ignores the Sunni case for a strong central government, establishes a structural Islamic theocracy much like Iran and essentially defers social justice and the role of women to its official clergy. It’s a clear recipe for civil war and insurgence. In response, President Bush issues a long statement of congratulations! Will someone please remind ex-Yale cheerleader Bush that critical challenges call for intelligence, planning and, above all, powerful leadership?

DONALD FUNK

Redondo Beach

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Re “War Critics Have Backing, but Not Much of a Following,” Aug. 28

Question: Who has done a worse job of running Iraq, George Bush or Saddam Hussein?

RICHARD VARENCHIK

Santa Clarita

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We constantly are told by Bush, conservatives and some Democrats that creating or even discussing withdrawal from Iraq would send the wrong message to our soldiers. Which message would encourage you: that we will bring you home in a reasonable, safe manner and time frame, or that you will be deployed indefinitely without the mention of a “deadline” in what has increasingly become a bloody, untenable situation?

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STEPHEN RAFFERTY

North Hollywood


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