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Democracy comes to Iraq, and our troops leave

In his second inaugural address, former President George W. Bush made an impassioned case for the Untied States¿ role in spreading the universal human values of democracy nad self-determination around the globe. That goal was a major rationale for what will likely be judged as the most controversial decision he made during his presidency: the invasion of Iraq. Seven years later, the United States has just been handed evidence that democracy is, indeed, alive in Iraq. The government there has bowed to popular sentiment and refused to come to terms with the administration of Mr. Bush¿s successor on keeping a force of 5,000 to 10,000 American troops in Iraq past the end of the year. But the reaction of Mr. Bush¿s fellow Republicans has hardly been to proclaim ¿Mission Accomplished.¿ Rather, they accuse President Barack Obama of some kind of failure because the U.S. is now acceding to the wishes of the very democratic government we supposedly spent eight years, 4,000 American lives and more than $1 trillion to foster.
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