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Senior Democrat and veteran calls for immediate Iraq pullout

John Byrne

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Rep. John "Jack" Murtha (D-PA), vice chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on Defense and one of the Democrats' top advisers on military issues, called Thursday morning for United States to immediately begin withdrawing its troops from Iraq.

ROLL CALL reports Thursday that the 37-year military veteran "initially supported the U.S. involvement in the region, but upon returning from a trip to the area in August he signaled he may be having second thoughts."

The announcement is being made now in the Capitol.

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Murtha linked a rise in terror to the torture at Abu Ghraib and spoke of rampant unemployment in Iraq. Iraq, he said "cannot be won militarily."

"The war in Iraq is not going as advertised," Murtha said. "It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion."

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Correction: Murtha is the vice chairman on the Appropriations Defense subcommittee, not the chairman.

Originally published on Thursday November 17, 2005

 


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