House of Representatives rejects call for US withdrawal from Iraq

Published June 16th, 2006 - 06:28 GMT

The United States House of Representatives on Friday rejected a timetable for pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq, the AP reported. In a 256-153 vote that mirrored the position taken by the Senate earlier, the GOP-led House approved a nonbinding resolution that praises American soldiers, labels the Iraq war part of the larger global fight against terrorism and says an "arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment" of troops is not in the national interest.


"Retreat is not an option in Iraq," declared House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. "Achieving victory is our only option ... We have no choice but to confront these terrorists, win the war on terror and spread freedom and democracy around the world." "Stay the course, I don't think so Mr. President.


"It's time to face the facts," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi answered, as she called for a new direction in the conflict. "The war in Iraq has been a mistake. I say, a grotesque mistake."


"The choice for the American people is clear; don't run in the face of danger, victory will be our exit strategy," Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said.


The House vote comes one day after the Senate rejected a call to withdraw troops by year's end by shelving a proposal that would allow "only forces that are critical to completing the mission of standing up Iraqi security forces" to remain in Iraq in 2007. That vote was 93-6.

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