Newspapers Join Forces Against the War
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This post, written by Max Follmer, originally appeared on The Huffington Post
A growing number of newspapers across the country are calling for the Bush Administration to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.
Among them are newspapers from red states, including several (such as the Roanoke Times in Virginia and The Olympian in Washington state) that circulate in areas with large concentrations of military families.
Perhaps the most surprising paper to join the chorus calling for a troop withdrawal is the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, owned by conservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. In a July 15 editorial, the Tribune-Review labeled the Bush Administration's plans to stay the course in Iraq "a prescription for American suicide."
Other papers, such as the Dallas Morning News, have stopped short of calling for a complete withdrawal, instead advocating a redeployment of troops to within 100 miles of Iraq' borders. The Morning News also suggested reducing troop levels to 60,000 to 80,000 personnel.