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Did the President Lie

18 November, 2005

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Adding their voices to the growing chorus of criticism on US invasion of Iraq within the country, , former President, Bill Clinton and Democrats Congressmen have called for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq.

Bill Clinton made this demand while addressing the Arab students at a forum organised by American University in Dubai, while the Democrats came hard on the war policies of President Bush in a Capitol Hill uproar over the said issue.

Terming the US invasion a ?sheer mistake? Mr Clinton advised the Bush administration to immediately withdraw the troops from Iraq.

It`s time to bring them home," said Rep. John Murtha, a Vietnam combat veteran during debate on Bush?s war policies adding that "Our military has accomplished its mission and done its duty."

The comments by the Pennsylvania lawmaker, who has spent three decades in the House, hold particular weight because he is close to many military commanders and has enormous credibility with his colleagues on defense issues. He voted for the war in 2002, and remains the top Democrat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

"Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency. They are united against U.S. forces and we have become a catalyst for violence," he said. "The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion."

In a biting response, Republicans criticized Murtha`s position as one of abandonment and surrender and accused Democrats of playing politics with the war and recklessly pushing a "cut and run" strategy.

1) Was attack on Iraq unavoidable and justified?
2) What is your opinion about the intelligence reports used for attack on Iraq?
3) Are Democrats trying to save US troops from further losses in Iraq?
4) Won?t the pullout end the political career of Bush and his companions?

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