Monday, January 16, 2006

t r u t h o u t - Murtha Says Elections Could End War

Not quite sure if this is worth blogging

Sometimes we need to record the obvious just to confirm that others have noticed it too.

t r u t h o u t - Murtha Says Elections Could End War: "Murtha Says Elections Could End War
Reuters

Friday 13 January 2006

New York - U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an outspoken Democratic critic of the Iraq war, said in remarks to be aired on Sunday that voter pressure in the November congressional election could force President George W. Bush to pull U.S. forces from Iraq.

'I think the vast majority will be out by the end of the year and I'm hopeful it will be sooner than that,' Murtha, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran who retired as a colonel after 37 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, told the CBS '60 Minutes' show.

The Pennsylvania Democrat said mounting pressure from voters tired of the war could affect this year's midterm election and force Bush to devise a plan to pull U.S. troops from Iraq.

'You're going to see a plan for withdrawal,' said Murtha, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees defense spending.

'I think the political people who give (Bush) advice will say to him, 'You don't want a Democratic (controlled) Congress. You want to keep a Republican majority, and the only way you're going to keep it is by reducing substantially the troops in Iraq.''

All 435 seats of the House are up for election in November."

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