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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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