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Beginning with the U.S. invasion and overthrow of Saddam, and continuing with the joint U.S./Iraqi military campaign against the Iraqi resistors to their junta, Bush has fostered, funded, and orchestrated the Iraqi killing of other Iraqis. It doesn't matter why he says he did it. That's the policy, that's the effect.

"As the Iraqi forces grow more capable, they are increasingly taking the lead in the fight against the terrorists," the president told the audience at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2005. "Our goal is to train enough Iraqi forces so they can carry the fight against the terrorists," he said. However, 'terrorists' amount for only about 2% of the violence in Iraq. The rest of the violence is part and parcel of the power struggle Bush set up with his overthrow of Saddam.

Our soldiers are directed to fight and die on one side of a multi-factional struggle for power in Iraq, and to crush the resistance to the government Bush set up under his occupation with the Iraqi army we trained and equipped; training and arming them to fight and die suppressing other Iraqis. Hundreds of thousands were killed with Bush's deliberate assistance.

The Iraq Study Group and others advocating for more time to arm and train more Iraqis will only succeed in giving Bush more rope to continue his occupation unabated. At the end of whatever period they set up to judge the "success" of their proxy war, Bush will still insist at that point that there's a job unfinished that we can't walk away from because it would solidify the Iraq mission as a failure - something he and the ISG won't admit has already occurred.

Former Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia (D), advocated in the ISG for a "short-term redeployment or surge of American combat forces to stabilize Baghdad, or to speed up the training and equipping mission, if the U.S. commander in Iraq determines that such steps would be effective."

That's the one proposal that most observers feel Bush will readily accept; the 'fivefold' increase in U.S. trainers embedded with the Iraqi troops. It's his only lifeline to continue his military muckraking there.

Bush, and the rest of the cabal who want "another chance" to train more Iraqis to kill other Iraqis, want to continue and escalate the civil war as they attempt to prop up the collapsed Maliki regime. Bush is 'fomenting' civil war in Iraq. We shouldn't help him.

If we give the Maliki regime more time, and more of our soldiers and resources to hold up their side of the struggle for power there, it will only result in more Iraqis killed with no effect at all on any of the lofty expectations of 'stability' or 'security' for either their country or our own.
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Ron Fullwood, is an activist from Columbia, Md. and the author of the book 'Power of Mischief' : Military Industry Executives are Making Bush Policy and the Country is Paying the Price

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