Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Senator Byrd calls for troop withdrawal from Iraq

By Rick Maze
Army Times staff writer

The Senate's senior Democrat called Tuesday for the Bush administration to withdraw the military from Iraq to focus on domestic needs such as hurricane relief.

"Sometimes, it takes a catastrophe to put events into perspective, to shake us and sharpen our clarity of vision," said Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.

"We cannot continue to commit billions in Iraq when our own people are so much in need, not only now, in New Orleans, but all across America for everything from education to health care to homeland security to securing our own borders," Byrd said in a speech on the Senate floor

"We need to stop making excuses, stop spinning facts and come to grips with the unpleasant truth. The government of the United States is failing the American people."

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Also of interest:

Senator Byrd's 02/12/03 Speech to the Senate of the US

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