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Giuliani: We've won the traditional war already

Giuliani, right, greets David Lacquement left, and Matthew Brasse as they prepare to deploy for Iraq at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized congressional Democrats Tuesday for trying to set a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq, saying that Americans don't completely understand how much progress has been made there so far.

"We won the tradition war already," Giuliani told reporters in Atlanta. "We invaded Iraq. We deposed Saddam Hussein. It's like having invaded Berlin and having gotten rid of Hitler in the first five or six weeks or months of the war."

The Republican presidential hopeful acknowledged that mistakes have been made in Iraq, but said the mission is very complex. He said that publicly announcing a withdrawal date shows that Washington is out of touch with the realities of war.

"I think it is a highly irresponsible action," he said. "To me it's mind-boggling. I think it lacks common sense."

Giuliani also reaffirmed his stance that the decision to fly the confederate flag over public buildings should be left to the states.

"It's not a question that I'm going to decide. I don't think it's a question that I should decide," Giuliani said. "I think that it's something the states should decide."

--CNN's Lauren Kornreich
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