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Democrats to introduce legislation on Iraq pullout

india Updated: Jun 19, 2006 11:28 IST
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Opposition lawmakers are bracing to introduce a legislation for phased withdrawal of the US troops from Iraq, stressing that President George W Bush had himself signed a bill last year calling precisely for that.

In a sign that the matter is far from over despite an overwhelming vote last week in both houses of the Congress against any such time table for pulling out troops, Danne Feinstein has said she and other Democrats would be introducing a Resolution in the Senate for the withdrawal.

The Democrats contend that President Bush had called for a pullout in 2006 in a defence bill signed last year.

"Three years and three months into the war -- with all of the losses, the insurgency, the burgeoning civil war that's taking place -- an open-ended time commitment is no longer sustainable," she said.

"We want to see an end to this thing. We want to transition the mission. That isn't cutting and running," the California Senator said on CNN's "Late Edition."

But White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, appearing on several Sunday shows, argued that opinion polls cannot dictate the President's policies on Iraq, but said Bush understands the growing concern of Americans over the war.

"The President understands how a war can wear on a nation. Whatever the bleakness is, whatever the facts are on the ground, you figure out how to win. You can't do that by reading polls," the Press Secretary said.

"Most people realise simply pulling out would be an absolute unmitigated disaster," he argued.