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Readers React: Who wrecked Iraq? We did.

Re “The Iraq takeaway,” Opinion, May 1

In his piece supporting the continued presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Max Boot says that “in hindsight … it is obvious that Iraq began to unravel the minute the last U.S. troops left.”

I would contend that Iraq began to unravel the minute that U.S. forces struck Baghdad on March 20, 2003, in a ruthless “shock and awe” bombing campaign that began the unwarranted, preemptive war in Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein.

Thanks to the misguided foreign policy agenda of President Bush, a broken Iraq continues to suffer the dire consequences of perhaps the biggest military blunder of all time.

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Linda Pitkanen

Mission Viejo

Boot says in his piece that “Iraq is now in the midst of a cycle of sectarian violence.”

I wonder if it has ever crossed his mind that his and others’ advice to George W. Bush that Iraq was in need of a regime change might have something to do with that?

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Pat Ormsbee

Newport Beach


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