GOP senator says war may be 'criminal'

AP Wire | 12/08/2006 | GOP senator says war may be 'criminal':

Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith, a Republican who voted in favor of the Iraq war in 2002 and has supported it ever since, now says the current U.S. war effort is 'absurd' and 'may even be criminal.'

In an emotional speech on the Senate floor Thursday night, Smith called for changes in U.S. policy that could include rapid pullouts of U.S. troops from Iraq. He said he never would have voted for the conflict if he had known the intelligence that President Bush gave the American people was inaccurate.

'I for one am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day,' Smith said. 'That is absurd. It may even be criminal. I cannot support that anymore. ... So either we clear and hold and build, or let's go home.'


Smith said he is 'tired of paying the price of 10 or more of our troops dying a day. So let's cut and run or cut and walk, but let us fight the war on terror more intelligently than we have because we have fought this war in a very lamentable way.'


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