Democrats want troops out of Iraq if goals are not met
Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have rallied around legislation that would bring US troops home from Iraq within 6 months if the Iraqi government does not lessen violence there, reports the Associated Press.
Rep. James Moran (D-VA) told the AP> that the proposal, which he called "responsive to the will of the voters last November," was discussed in a closed door meeting Thursday by Democratic members of the House committee that oversees military spending.
The proposed legislation would prohibit "the deployment to Iraq of troops with insufficient rest or training" and force President Bush to seek congressional approval for military operations in Iran, writes Anne Flaherty.
Excerpts from the article follow:
The proposal is the latest attempt by Democrats to resolve deep divisions within the party on how far to go to scale back U.S. involvement in Iraq. Rep. James Moran said the latest version has the support of party leadership and said he believes it is final and has the best chance at attracting broad support.
Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declined to confirm the details and or say whether Pelosi backs the plan. But he said: ``We have said we want to make sure our troops have all the training and equipment they need and that the Iraqi government must meet the benchmarks President Bush endorsed.''
Bush said the Iraqis had promised to meet certain goals when he offered to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq. For example, the Iraqis pledged to spend more money on reconstruction and reach a political agreement to share the nation's oil resources.
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