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By: Lynn Olszowy
By: Lynn Olszowy

Members of congress voiced concern to president bush this week over the iraq war.

Now senator Debbie Stabenow is giving everyday americans the same chance to "speak out on the war" with an online forum.

"this is a way for citizens to speak out, to share their stories, their experiences, the way they're dealing with the effects of the war in their daily lives. It's time for the president to listen to the american people," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan.

Sentaor carl levin continues to express his opposition to the war.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, said "i voted against going to iraq. I thought it was a mistake."

Senator Levin says a positive outcome in iraq includes a timetable for troop withdrawl.

Sen. Levin said, "We're going to give you four more months and then we're going to begin to leave. We're not going to pull out all our troops. It's not going to begin tomorrow, it's not going to be precipitous, but we are going to put the responsibility where it belongs - on the Iraqi politician."

Congressman Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, agrees that the war needs to end. But he says it needs to end in victory and without a public timetable.

Rep. Walberg said, "I see no reason or rationale that's good to telegraph to our enemies that on dates certain we're walking away in surrender."

Congressman Walberg says the iraqi government must take on more responsibility.

That's a sentiment shared by Senator Levin, who said, "The way to maximize the chances of succeeding are forcing the iraqi government, to pressure them to cajole them, persuade them, whatever it takes, that they have got to address their own political problems, that we cannot save them from themselves."

President Bush says he will include benchmarks of success for the iraqi government in the final compromise on war funding legislation.


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  • by Roland Location: St. Johns on May 21, 2007 at 06:49 AM
    give the troops a real chance. stop the negative statements
  • by Ron Location: Lansing on May 21, 2007 at 06:19 AM
    Personally, I will vote against and campaign to defeat any politician who fails to support our troops in Iraq or lobbies for timetables for troop withdrawal from Iraq. There are too many "armchair quarterbacks" attempting to make these decisions, placing the USA in a weakened global position. This is not a "Democrat issue" or a "Republican issue," it is an "American" issue that will not be solved until we put aside our partisan differences and work together as Americans toward resolution. I pray to G-d that we are able to accomplish that before the security of our great country is severely compromised.
  • by Mearl Location: Delta Township on May 20, 2007 at 08:21 PM
    This war on terror is probably the most important war we will ever fight. It is essential that we win and that we stay there until victory is complete.
  • by Diane Location: Delta Township on May 20, 2007 at 08:19 PM
    STAY IN IRAQ UNTIL THE JOB IS DONE!!!!! I agree that the the Iraqis must do their part, however, leaving before the job is done is a huge mistake. The USA does not "cut and run". That is not who we are and fighting the terrorists here is unacceptable.
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