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Johnson wants Iraqis to start street patrol

Residents of congressional District 4 still have a leader with strong opinions on the war even without Cynthia McKinney in office.
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, who beat McKinney during last year’s Democratic primary, introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives urging the secretary of defense to remove the American military from street patrol duty in Iraq within six months.
“The conflict in Iraq has become a civil war that exposes our troops to constant attack by insurgents,” Johnson said after listening to sworn testimony by military leader. “Sadly, it is estimated that 60 percent of Iraqis support these attacks. After four years, It is time for Iraqi troops, which have been trained, to assume responsibility for patrolling their own streets. Clearly, deploying our troops this way has only escalated the number of U.S. casualties, and this must stop.”
 Johnson, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, believes that troops will be more effective fortifying sensitive areas in Iraq, providing protective services to the Iraqi government and responding to emergencies throughout the country. The resolution does allow U.S. personnel to continue training Iraqi troops as they patrol.  
“There is no military solution for the civil war in Iraq,” Johnson said.
Reese gets involved in dog fighting battle
Self-described “old Alabama boy’’ Bobby Reese has introduced an anti-dog- fighting bill into the Georgia House that he says is hunter-friendly.
The Sugar Hill Republican representative’s bill is shorter than a similar bill introduced into the Senate by Republican Chip Rogers of Woodstock.
But they contain similar provisions, making it a felony to own, house or train dogs for fighting, promote or stage dog-fighting exhibitions, or bet on the outcome of dog fights.
Both bills also are careful not to criminalize owning or training dogs for use in hunting, working with livestock or in law enforcement.
“I love the outdoors and didn’t want to do that,’’ Reese said.
Reese’s bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.
Staff Writer Dave Williams contributed to this report.
Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young

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