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President George W. Bush could face impeachment if he continues to refuse to deal with Congress on setting a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Democratic Congressman John Murtha said Sunday.
Appearing on CBS News’s Face the Nation, Murtha said impeachment is “one of the options” for dealing with Bush’s refusal to accept a timetable for withdrawal of troops from the President’s failed war in Iraq.
Murtha’s comments came after Secretary of State Condi Rice told host Bob Schieffer that Bush will not only veto any Iraq funding bill that sets a timetable for withdrawal but would also reject any bill that sets “benchmarks” for the Iraqi qovernment.
Rice said the president would not agree to a plan that penalizes Baghdad if the Iraqi government fall shorts. To do so, she said, would remove the ability of Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, and other leaders to do their jobs.
“What we don’t want to do is to tie our own hands so that we cannot act creatively and flexibly to support the very policies in Iraq that we’re trying to enforce,” Rice said.
Rather, Rice said, it makes sense to give Iraq’s leaders time to meet the goals they have set. She said Bush has made clear to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that people in the United States have limited patience.
“The United States is paying in blood and treasure,” Rice said. “The Iraqi leadership is being told â€” and I think they understand â€” that the kind of Iraq there is going to be is up to them. We can’t give them a united Iraq.”