First Republican senator asks for immediate Iraq withdrawal

Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Oregon, suggests war maybe "criminal"

By Kerry Lauerman
Published December 8, 2006 10:42PM (EST)

His old-fashioned haircut and blazer make this whole tape of Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Oregon, feel like a throwback to a different era. So does his plainspoken honesty, as he became the first Republican senator Thursday night to break ranks and call for the immediate troop withdrawal in Iraq, suggesting the war may be "criminal."

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