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Neuharth Calls For US Withdrawal from Iraq, Says Bush 'Lied'
Editor & Publisher
Friday 01 July 2005
New York - There he goes again. USA Today founder Al Neuharth, who caused a stir last year when - a bit ahead of the curve - he told E&P that he favored a US withdrawal from Iraq, re-iterated his position Friday, with even more force.
"I'm convinced the best way to support our troops in Iraq is to bring them home. Sooner rather than later," Neuharth, a Bronze Star winner in World War II, declared. He also compared President Bush to President Lyndon B. Johnson, saying that both presidents "lied to us in wartime."
Neuharth added, in his weekly column Friday in the newspaper he founded: "The crucial difference between Vietnam and Iraq is that there is no Cronkite to call Bush's bluff. Without a strong, trusted, non-political voice, too many of us remain Bush-blinded. Bush tried keeping the wool over our eyes again Tuesday on national TV by repeatedly tying Iraq to 9/11. That charge is as phony as his discredited prewar claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction."
Pointing to his own experience, Neuharth wrote: "Most of us who have had personal war experiences strongly believe this great country is worth fighting for at risk of lives. My World War II Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman's Badge on the wall behind my desk remind me of that daily.
"They also remind me that war is hell, that we must fully support our servicemen and women and put their lives at risk only for honest and just and noble causes."