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'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus Meets with a Jordanian to Hear a Middle East Perspective of the Iraq War

Washington, DC - On Tuesday, the 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus met with Dr. Munther J. Haddadin, who served in the Jordanian government in numerous capacities, including Minister of Water and Irrigation. Dr. Haddadin was invited to address the Caucus by its Chair, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), and Congressman Jim McDermott (WA-7).

"Dr. Haddadin's knowledge of the Middle East provided us with a unique prospective of the war in Iraq and the public opinion about the war in neighboring countries," said Congresswoman Waters. "Dr. Haddadin said it was his belief that this war was based on false information and sold to the public in order to justify a policy that was conceived a long time ago, a belief that is shared by many members of this Caucus."

"I found it especially interesting to find that many Muslims and Arabs living in the Middle East hold skeptical views of the United States because of the manner in which the Bush Administration justified the Iraqi war and how it has been carried out since it began in March 2003. In fact, according to Dr. Haddadin, virtually no one in the Middle East believes the Administration's justifications for the war - the desire to bring democracy to Iraq. Instead, those in the Middle East believe that the war was waged mostly because of oil and to support the US military industry."

Congresswoman Waters said, "In Dr. Haddadin's view, the only way for the United States to improve its standing in the Middle East is to implement an exit strategy that leaves behind a stable and secure Iraq without making it appear that extremists have won. The best way to do this is to bring in the United Nations, deploy peacekeepers from nations that did not participate in the invasion, preferably from Arab nations, and to reduce the US roll in Iraq's affairs."

"Unfortunately, this Administration has been reluctant to listen to any advice, let alone change its policies. However, Iraq is dangerously close to civil war and our soldiers continue to be killed and injured while serving in Iraq. We must develop a policy that stabilizes Iraq, allows Iraqis to live in peace and security, and, most importantly, brings our soldiers home. The 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus will continue its work to pressure the Administration into developing a better policy for Iraq, which will allow us to conclude the war in Iraq as soon as possible," said Congresswoman Waters.

Congresswoman Waters is a Founder and Chair of the 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus. The Caucus was formed in June 2005 to provide a platform to debate the war in Iraq and to pressure the Administration into concluding the war as soon as possible. The Caucus has 68 members.



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