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Rangel: Would There be a War 'If There was No Oil in Iraq?'

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 12:11 PM

WNYC

Below are some highlights from Charlie Rangel’s press conference in Times Square, where Rangel announced he wants to end war funding and institute the draft:

“Does any American, elected or unelected, believe that troops would be placed in harm's way if there was no oil in Iraq?”

“This is not a president's war. This is America's war. I tell you one thing: Those people in harm's way don't give a damn whether it's Obama or Bush. They want to come home.”

The Harlem congressman added his constituents “truly believe that we'll have less war, if people -- Americans -- are prepared to say 'War means sacrifice from all Americans, not just our dedicated warriors.'”

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