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6/22/06-Longview

Longview Vets Speak On Iraq Withdrawal Talk

      Withdrawing troops from Iraq, today, the Senate rejected two non-binding democratic proposals.   I

In a vote of 86 to 13, the Senate rejected a measure to require troops to completely withdraw by July 2007. The other proposal required troops to begin re-deployment by the end of the year but did not have a deadline for the end of the war.  

Here at home some East Texas veterans are angry that a withdrawal has even come up.  

      "We are doing a good job; and I think we have got to stay the whole course until we can turn it over to the Iraqi's to govern themselves to defend themselves," said Longview Air Force Veteran Jim Alvey.

    "My feeling is if we pull out now we've given up on a cause, being a Vietnam war vet I saw that, this does not need to happen again," said Air Force sergeant Jack Lanier.

     "I don't believe we should be pulling out yet. We did that in Vietnam and the Viet Cong took over, after 9-11 how many people we're screaming war how many were screaming that they wanted to get things sorted out taken care of, this is how we take care of it this. This is war this is the way it happens. I feel sorry for the families of people who have died but this is war," said Iraq war veteran former U.S. Navy member Stephen Benson.  

     Republicans say both proposals amounted to abandoning the young Iraqi's government.   

 Bob Hallmark, bhallmark@kltv.com

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