<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Lawmakers Push Resolution on Iraq Pullout<br>By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer<br><br>WASHINGTON -- President Bush would have to start bringing home U.S. troops from Iraq by Oct. 1, 2006, under a measure a small bipartisan group of House lawmakers -- including a Republican who voted for war -- proposed Thursday. <br><br>Two Republicans and two Democrats introduced a resolution that would require the president to announce by the end of this year a plan for withdrawing troops and steps for following through on that plan.<br><br>It is the first such resolution put forth by lawmakers from both parties, although an overwhelming number of Democrats and six House Republicans voted in 2002 against sending troops to Iraq. <br><br>The Bush administration has insisted that a timetable for withdrawal can't be considered until Iraq's security forces are strong enough to protect their country from insurgents. <br><br>While many Democrats and some Republicans repeatedly have voted against continued funding for the war, there has been no concerted joint effort before to bring troops home. <br><br>A low-water mark of 41 percent of adults said in an Associated Press-Ipsos poll this month that they supported Bush's handling of the war in Iraq. And a Gallup poll released Monday found that six in 10 Americans say they think the United States should withdraw some or all of its troops from Iraq. <br><br>Car bombings and attacks by insurgents killed 80 U.S. troops and more than 700 Iraqis last month. Pentagon officials acknowledge the level of violence is about the same as a year ago. <br><br>Among the resolution's sponsors are Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., who voted for the Iraq war but now says the United States has done what it can in Iraq and the reason for going to war -- Saddam Hussein's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction -- has been proven false. <br><br>"After 1,700 deaths, over 12,000 wounded, and $200 billion spent, we believe it is time to have this debate and discussion on this resolution," Jones said. <br><br>Two years ago, Jones helped lead an effort to ensure Capitol Hill cafeterias retooled their menus to advertise "freedom fries" instead of french fries to protest France's opposition to the war. <br><br>The other resolution sponsors are Ron Paul, R-Texas, who voted against the war, and two Democrats who've opposed it, Reps. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii. (source)<p><hr></blockquote><p>I don't really buy the argument that a timetable is an invitation for insurgents since it is just as much an impetus for the Iraqi authorities to take control. Also, speaking in terms of starting on October 1st of next year, that's a long time to get something started. It would seem that if the Administration claims of raids being done by Iraqis themselves, well, they even have a head start.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey<br>
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