Murtha reiterates his call for U.S. to pull out of Iraq

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June 25, 2006|By SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL

American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran, U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said yesterday to a crowd of more than 200 in North Miami.

Murtha was the guest speaker at a town hall meeting organized by U.S. Rep. Kendrick B. Meek, a Florida Democrat, at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay campus. Meek's mother, former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, was also on the panel.

War veterans, local mayors, university students and faculty packed the Mary Ann Wolfe Theatre to listen to the three panelists discuss the war in Iraq for an hour.

A former Marine and a prominent critic of the Bush administration's policies in Iraq, Murtha reiterated his views that the war cannot be won militarily and needs political solutions. He said the more than 100,000 troops in Iraq should be pulled out immediately, and deployed to peripheral countries such as Kuwait.

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