With Zarqawi's death, U.S. should exit Iraq

Fox News
by Ted Galen Carpenter

06/10/06

The air strikes that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on June 7 should cause rejoicing in both Iraq and the United States. An especially evil, brutal, bloodthirsty terrorist is gone, and Al Qaeda has suffered a significant blow. That being said, Americans should not assume his death will make a major difference in Iraq’s overall security environment. The episode is simply the latest milestone that is not really a milestone in that unhappy country. We should be especially skeptical of those who proclaim every favorable development as a crucial turning point in the Iraq conflict. We’ve heard it all before. ... The reality is that the level of violence in Iraq has increased rather than declined since those premature claims of victory. ... Both the Bush administration and the American people need to recognize just how bad the sectarian violence in Iraq has become...

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