House rejects Iraq pullout - Yahoo! News

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a maneuver to strike at
Iraq war critics, the Republican-led House of Representatives engineered a vote on Friday on a resolution to pull U.S. troops immediately from Iraq, which was defeated nearly unanimously.

Republicans, who introduced the surprise resolution hours before lawmakers were to start a Thanksgiving holiday recess, said the vote was intended to show support for U.S. forces.

Democrats denounced it as a political stunt and an attack on Rep. John Murtha (news, bio, voting record) of Pennsylvania, a leading Democratic military hawk who stunned his colleagues on Thursday by calling for troops to be withdrawn from Iraq as quickly as possible.

The action by House Republicans was the latest volley in an offensive launched by
President George W. Bush and Vice President
Dick Cheney last week to attack war critics as unpatriotic and hypocritical.

House rejects Iraq pullout - Yahoo! News


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