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Withdraw from Iraq Bill

"I think it's a big mistake to put a deadline on when troops have to leave before the job is complete," says Savath Phetluangsy "I think it's a big mistake to put a deadline on when troops have to leave before the job is complete," says Savath Phetluangsy
"I know we've made mistakes in Iraq but our plan is working let's give it time and a chance to work," says Jack Barnes "I know we've made mistakes in Iraq but our plan is working let's give it time and a chance to work," says Jack Barnes

Efforts to end all combat in Iraq by next April is raising eyebrows in the panhandle. Although the Bill that aims to start withdrawing troops in four months is gaining some Republican support.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains how local servicemen are reacting to what some call an impulsive end to the war on terror. The message from those living in Amarillo is - finish the job. They can't think of a worse decision than pulling out before the mission is carried out.

"I think it's a big mistake to put a deadline on when troops have to leave before the job is complete," says Savath Phetluangsy.

Phetluangsy just got back from a tour in Africa for Operation Enduring Freedom. He like many other service men and women are ready to go to the region if called up. He says it bothers him that decisions being made about the war are based on politics.

"The only people who should make that decision are the military commanders because they know whats going on over there," says Phetluangsy.

"I know we've made mistakes in Iraq but our plan is working let's give it time and a chance to work," says Jack Barnes.

Barnes, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War agrees. And he sees similarities between the two conflicts.

"Look what happened in Vietnam, we left we didn't finish the mission and the American servicemen came home losers," says Barnes. 

But there is a different feeling on Capital Hill.

"We continue to send out kids to a meat-grinder, based on a plan that is fundamentally flawed," says Joe Biden, (D) Delaware. 

We also spoke with Texas U.S. Senator John Cornyn's office today. He is filing a resolution that outlines the consequences of an impulsive withdrawal from Iraq.

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