Gravel says U.S. must pull out of Iraq

09/10/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel was in Tampa over the weekend. The Democratic presidential candidate spent two days in the bay area before traveling to Miami last night for the first ever bilingual debate, televised on the Univision network.

Gravel said he wouldn’t trust anything said by Gen. David Petreaus when he addresses the U.S. House of Representatives in about 48 hours.

In the new edition of New Yorker Magazine, out today, writer George Packer, author of “The Assassin’s Gate,” a book about the failures of the Bush Administration in Iraq.

Packker asserts that whenever the country decides a majority of troops should be pulled out of Iraq, “complete disengagement will be neither desirable nor possible.”

But Gravel of Alaska downplays suggestions that an escalation of the civil war in Iraq will be ensue if the U.S. pulls out of Iraq.

Gravel, who led a one-man filibuster in the Senate in 1971 against legislation renewing the military draft, says the war has been a mistake from a get-go, and the U.S. must allow Iraqis to rebuild their war scarred nation.

Gravel came by the WMNF studios on Saturday. We will play excerpts from that interview throughout the week.

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