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The Most Popular Opinions of the Year

A former head of Army intelligence argues that Congress should wake up to the failure in Iraq and the futility of trying to democratize that country.

4. Bush: 'I Am Relevant' by Dan Froomkin, published Oct. 17.

The president said it, but Froomkin has his doubts.

3. Pratfall in Damascus, editorial, published April 5.

The Post's editorial board criticizes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria and her statements about negotiating peace with Israel.

2. Why Bush Will Be a Winner by William Kristol, published July 15.

A rousing (and controversial) defense of the president's legacy. The rebuttal, Why Bush is a Loser by David Corn, was also high on the most-popular list. But the top spot goes to:

1. Retreat Isn't an Option by Liz Cheney, published Jan. 23.

On the day of the State of the Union address, the vice president's daughter, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, argues in favor of continuing the Iraq war.

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