candidate-veteran attacks bush on Iraq

candidate-veteran attacks bush on Iraqfrom ap/yahoo: An Illinois congressional candidate who lost both her legs during combat in Iraq said Saturday that President Bush has no real strategy for securing the war-ravaged nation, just political talk designed to appeal to voters.

“Instead of a plan or a strategy, we get shallow slogans like ‘mission accomplished’ and ‘stay the course,'” former Army Capt. Tammy Duckworth said in the Democrats’ weekly radio address. “Those slogans are calculated to win an election. But they won’t help us accomplish our mission in Iraq.” …

“Well, I didn’t cut and run, Mr. President. Like so many others, I proudly fought and sacrificed,” Duckworth said. “My helicopter was shot down long after you proclaimed ‘mission accomplished.'” …

Duckworth… also lashed out at the GOP-led Congress for refusing to do its job of holding the Bush administration accountable for its flawed Iraq policy.

“We need a Congress that will ask the tough questions and work together for solutions rather than attacking the patriotism of those who disagree,” she said. “It is time to encourage Iraqi leaders to take control of their own county and make the tough choices that will stop the civil war and stabilize the country.”

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