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Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani accused Hillary Clinton of resorting to name calling in her questioning of General David Petraeus and said Americans expect more of their candidates.

"What Hillary Clinton did here, accusing General Petraeus of a willing suspension of disbelief when--you can disagree with General Petraeus but you can do it without this kind of name calling," Giuliani said.

Clinton's campaign immediately hit back at Giuliani, continuing an increasingly biting exchange between the New York politicians.

"Mayor Giuliani might be content to bury his head in the sand when it comes to ending the war in Iraq, but Senator Clinton will continue to ask the hard questions in an effort to get our troops home," said Clinton spokesman Phil Singer.

The debate about Iraq in the wake of the Petraeus testimony before Congress has become more strident. GOP candidate Mitt Romney blasted Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who called for troop withdrawls Wednesday.

"Well, thank heavens Barack Obama was not president over the last year, because had Barack Obama been president over the last year, Osama bin Laden would have been declaring victory in Iraq," Romney said in an interview with Neil Cavuto on the Fox News Channel.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  September 12, 2007; 5:10 PM ET
 
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If I am going to call names,it certainly wouldn't call Any of our troops names.The names;Yellow,draft-dodging,coward & one who runs from "The war on Terror" fit only one man.Not Petraeus, but the the C.I.C.

Posted by: asclepious1 | September 13, 2007 10:14 PM | Report abuse

all the democrats do is name calling, no results

Posted by: catbird19 | September 13, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't see any name calling here. But let me give some recommendations. Howabout "warmongers" "pigs" "corportist war profiteer scumbags" for starters. The democrats may not be doing as well as I'd like, but republicans are clearly ruining the nation and absolutely cannot be trusted on any level. Republican lies are what got us into this mess, and republican lies threaten to keep us there forever. If Americans continue the insane practice of sending "rotton scumbag liar" republicans to Washington, and somehow expect anything but disaster, then I guess you get what you deserve. If republicans retain the presidency, I believe the nation is lost.

Posted by: scottymortensen | September 13, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

How arrogant of the politicians in the USA, Britain and the ´coalition of the willing´to think that democracy can be introduced into a fuedalistic middle eastern country like Iraq at all let alone in 5 years (as I believe was the aim), it is beyond belief. Dont these politicians read history? I think after 9/11 Bush had to back up his ¨War on Terror´statement or face political suicide. Iraq was seen as the soft option. If this theory is incorrect why did he not declare war on Saudi Arabia or Pakistan where the 9/11 terrorists were financed and trained?
Steve, ex pat Brit, living in Spain.

Posted by: steve_ochman | September 13, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

It's time for the presidential candidates and their major supporters and staff to disclose how much money they and their families have profited from the Iraq war. Those hundreds of billions landed in someone's pockets and they will begin to increasingly impact our electoral process. The American public should know who exactly has financially profited from this war.

Posted by: g-lo | September 12, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

It's time for the presidential candidates and their major supporters and staff to disclose how much money they and their families have profited from the Iraq war. Those hundreds of billions landed in someone's pockets and they will begin to increasingly impact our electoral process. The American public should know who exactly has financially profited from this war.

Posted by: g-lo | September 12, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

another 10 years in Iraq absolutley crazy, why would we submit our armed forces to the continuous death and maiming. why are we there, Iraq was in a more stable conidtion with Saddam Hussein at least only his enemies were killed not whole neighborhoods, or mosques full of the people of Iraq, what great harm our country as done to the people of Irag and to our armed forces, shame on Bush and Cheney and Haliburton, I watched a film on Haliburton's misuse of our people and money, shame on them. We must leave the people of the Mideast alone, they have history @ the beginning of civilization.
Signed Shirley A. Ernzen, Atchison, KS

Posted by: mfernzen | September 12, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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