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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fruitless U.S. exploits in the Middle East

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Jeffrey Kuhner's "Osama bin Laden won" (Commentary, Friday) hits the mark in terms of the painful realities of the United States' confrontation with radical Islam and the real victor in the contest thus far, namely Osama bin Laden.

Mr. Kuhner likens the United States to ancient Rome in terms of its hubristic ruling class, imperialistic folly and bankrupt policies that transcend party lines.

Like Marxists who tout the virtues of communism even after the latter's collapse in numerous countries, so, too, do many in America's political-military-industrial establishment call for the continuation of the same ruinous policies of "democratic universalism" and nation-building in the Muslim world. Having painted themselves and America into a corner, these same policymakers demand continued public sacrifice to sustain the long wars they have created throughout the region. How much more blood and treasure must we expend on these foolish notions?

ROBERT BERRY

Montgomery Village

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