Debate Over Iraq Continues

Last week Congress passed a bill to fund the on-going war in Iraq but part of the bill included a timetable for troop withdrawal and is causing debate all across the country.

A recent national poll asking Americans if a timetable should be set, 59 percent said yes, while 37 percent said no.

Here in the Grand Valley, many of the people 11 News talked to believe that while a pullout should happen, it shouldn't necessarily be broadcast to the enemy.

Four years later the fighting continues and with Democrats passing a bill onto the Senate supporting funding for troops but asking for a withdrawal date, many say it's a mistake.

"Conditions have to be right, you want to keep the enemy guessing and not establish a date saying OK this date we'll be out of here," Col. Roger Hagerty said.

The President has said he will veto the measure if it comes before him and some say the direction of the war should lie with those who make the ultimate decisions, not the Congress or Senate.

"That's where the decision's made and the responsibility lies as well," Col. Hagerty said.

But there are those who have returned from the war torn country saying the message has been blurred.

"They're so set on victory and it's not plausible -- it's not coming," veteran Anthony Crouch said.

With more than 3,000 soldiers killed in four years many remain patriotic but skeptical.

"I'm a former Marine and I'm not afraid. If it's worth it, I'll lead the charge, but this is not a good cause," Paul Graham said.

The Senate supports the Congressional measure, which also puts more responsibility on the Iraqi government and it's a direction in diplomacy, not munitions and tactics that will get our soldiers home.

"We'll never have a solution unless it's a political solution," Col. Hagerty said.


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