DEMOCRATS CREATE RESOLUTION DEMANDING IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM IRAQ
NOV 17 2005
THE BIBLE IS CLEAR THEY ALL COME HOME JUST BEFORE DAMASCUS GETS DESTROYED THEN THE
SUDDEN GLOBAL NUCLEAR WAR DIRECTLY AFTER JERUSALEM IS SURROUNDED BY THE NORTHERN ARMIES - VERY SOON
A Democratic lawmaker introduced in the US Congress the first resolution demanding an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq amid a war of words between the White House and the opposition over the conflict.
"Our military has done everything that has been asked of them, the US cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily," said Democratic Representative John Murtha (news, bio, voting record), a Vietnam War veteran who introduced the resolution.
"It's time to bring them home," Murtha said.
His resolution comes two days after the Senate defeated a measure by opposition Democrats on a withdrawal schedule, although senators approved a Republican measure requiring quarterly updates on the pace of military and policy gains in Iraq.
The Senate legislation was widely viewed as a sign that even members of President George W. Bush's party are feeling pressure on the war in Iraq as public opinion polls find the conflict increasingly unpopular among US voters.
Murtha said the presence of US troops in Iraq was "impeding" the war torn country's progress.
"Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency," he said. "We have become a catalyst for violence."
"Our military has accomplished its mission and done its duty. Our military captured Saddam Hussein and captured or killed his closest associates, but the war continues to intensify," he added.
His resolution introduced in the House of Representatives says the United States should "pursue security and stability in Iraq through diplomacy."
"The deployment of US forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable date," the text says.
It also calls for the deployment of a "quick reaction US force" in the region.
The resolution comes as Bush and top administration officials lambast Democrats who claim the US leader hyped the case for war with Iraq.
On a trip to South Korea for an Asia Pacific summit, Bush again fired back at his critics.
"I expect there to be criticism, but when Democrats say that I deliberately misled the Congress and the people, that's irresponsible," Bush said after talks there with South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun.
Top Senate Republicans criticized Democrats for accusing Bush of misleading the country and said they opposed setting a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops.
Republican Senator John Warner, who chairs the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Thursday his party would defeat every future legislative effort calling for a troop withdrawal timetable.
"I hear no one saying what will happen if we cut and run," Warner said.
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