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Carter: In Iraq for 50 years.

Byline: By RYAN PARRY

FORMER US President Jimmy Carter has slammed America's leadership and said he doubted whether US troops would ever completely pull out of Iraq.

Carter, 81, added: "My belief...is that the top leadership in this country intends 20 years from now, 50 years from now, we'll still have a major military presence in Iraq."

Carter's comments came after President Bush told Americans to "expect troop withdrawals sometime in 2006".

The former president said: "No war has ever been won on a timetable and neither will this one.

"We expect, but cannot guarantee, that our forces' posture will change over the next year."

Carter, who lost the presidency to Ronald Reagan in 1980, was speaking at Westpoint US military academy. He added: "We made some serious misjudgments in going into Vietnam and we want to withdraw our troops from Iraq as soon as possible."
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Date:Dec 9, 2005
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