IRAQ….A couple of days ago I said that U.S. withdrawal from Iraq “would almost certainly touch off a full-scale civil war, the deaths of hundreds of thousands, and the eventual establishment of a Shiite theocracy.” The reason I favor withdrawal anyway is partly because I no longer think we can do anything to stop this, and partly because I suspect the eventual bloodshed will be worse the longer we stay.

However, just in case this prognosis still isn’t bleak enough for you, try reading Ellen Knickmeyer’s front page piece in the Washington Post today. Just don’t have any sharp objects around when you do.

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