About House Democrat Wants Immediate Iraq Pullout
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House Democrat Wants Immediate Iraq Pullout info
WASHINGTON - (AP) An influential House Democrat who voted for
the Iraq war called Thursday for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops
from Iraq, another sign of growing unease in Congress about the conflict.
Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., called for the United States "to
immediately redeploy U.S. troops consistent with the safety of U.S. forces."
"With a U.S. troop redeployment, the Iraqi security forces will be
incentified to take control," Murtha said in remarks prepared for delivery.
The decorated Vietnam War veteran is a close adviser to House
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. For months, Pelosi has pushed for the Bush
administration to outline an exit strategy, although she has stopped short
of calling for a pullout troops.
Some Senate Democrats have called for immediate or phased
Murtha's comments came just two days after the Senate voted to
approve a statement that 2006 "should be a period of significant transition
to full Iraqi sovereignty" to create the conditions for the phased
withdrawal of U.S. forces.
Murtha voted to give the president authority to use force against
Saddam Hussein in 2002. In recent months, the top Democrat on the House
Appropriations Committee defense panel has grown increasingly troubled with
the direction of the war and with the Bush administration's handling of it,
particularly following the disclosure of purportedly secret CIA prisons in
"The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy
wrapped in illusion," Murtha said.