Abandon: to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert*
The AP would have us believe that the US Military is abandoning Iraqi cities to a cruel fate*. At best, their headline could be considered a gross exaggeration.
Consider this snippet:
Now the Americans are reversing direction, consolidating in larger bases outside the cities and leaving security in the hands of the Iraqis while remaining within reach to respond as the Iraqi forces require.
This strategy and the associated timeline was devised in part by General David Petraeus, the man who executed the wildly successful surge in Iraq. Yeah. What would he know. But I digress.
To say that this strategy constitutes abandoning the cities is akin to saying that a parent who runs alongside his child’s bicycle after taking off the training wheels has abandoned his child. It can hardly be considered abandonment when the troops will be close at hand, ready to step in as needed. A less prejudicial headline might have read, US Military Hands Over Cities’ Security to Iraqis.
(And this doesn't even begin to address the fact that this is supposed to be what the left wants. This underscores my feeling that you can't win with these...jerks...so why bother trying.)
*Sorry...can't get the link to work. The article is here:http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gBeKO7HF4ft2i6N9OCjGBCVIb5lgD94DA7700