U.S. House of Representative Debate War in Iraq, Possible Pullout

An ugly debate brewing in Washington just got uglier. At issue is: should U.S. troops be pulled out of Iraq? That question led to a different battle Washington style.

The war of words concerning the war in Iraq led to hours of debate on the House floor.

Rep. Phil Gingrey, (R) Georgia, said, "Our greatest loss would be to withdraw our troops, thereby ceding victory to cowardly terrorists who murder and hide."

Rep. Louise Slaughter, (D) New York, said, "We can no longer continue on this failing path, unwavering with no end in sight."

They're discussing a measure that states the House supports an immediate end to the deployment of U.S. troops in Iraq. Here's the catch. This bill was sponsored by Republicans. They're calling the Democrats' bluff, so the Democrats mobilized to vote against it.

Rep. Jim McGovern, (D) Massachusetts, said, "To vote for this rule is to politicize a war, and that is a mistake."

It's the latest round in a series of an emotional and nasty debate in Washington that all started with a statement from Congressman John Murtha himself, a Vietnam vet.

Rep. John Murtha, (D) Pennsylvania, said, "An outpouring of people crying; they want, they're thirsting for some direction; they're thirsting for a solution to this problem."

Republicans have gone on the attack calling Murtha's comments "cowardly." The White House argued his plan to bring the troops home would be surrendering to the terrorists.

Sen. John Kerry, (D) Massachusetts, said, "Jack Murtha doesn't know how to surrender, not to enemy combatants and not to politicians in Washington who say speaking your conscience is unpatriotic."

President Bush is vowing to keep the troops in Iraq, quoting a U.S. commander on the field as saying bring the troops home before their mission is finished would be quote a receipt for disaster.


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