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What does president intend for Iran, Syria?

In his speech to the nation Wednesday night about the Iraq war, President Bush spoke ominously of “addressing Iran and Syria.” He said they are helping our enemies in Iraq, and “we will interrupt the flow of support,” destroying networks that provide weaponry and training to our enemies.

Of course the president should do what’s necessary to protect American troops. But he refuses to talk with Iran and Syria, and he and his advisers evidently haven’t given up their dream of transforming the Middle East into a haven of democracy — despite their failures in Iraq.

Many members of Congress are already considering trying to stop Mr. Bush from sending thousands more American troops to Iraq. Congress and the American people should also be alert for any efforts by the Bush administration to expand the war beyond Iraq’s borders.

Do we want the same people who brought us the Iraq debacle to get us into a larger war?

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