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LONDON — Repeat after me: There is no new U.S. strategy in Iraq. The allies are the same, the enemies are the same, the tactics are the same, even the new American force strength lies within the range that has prevailed since 2003.

We are only being told that there is a new strategy because U.S. President George W. Bush had to say that he was doing something differently after the Republicans’ stunning defeat in the mid-term Congressional elections two months ago.

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