Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ending The War

I strongly agree with Senate Democrats' efforts to start bringing our troops home, narrow the mission of those that remain and pursue a political settlement in Iraq.

We should withdraw our combat troops by early 2008, except for a limited number necessary to keep training Iraqis and to deny terrorists a sanctuary.

And we should do that in the context of a comprehensive political, diplomatic and economic strategy that gives us a chance to leave Iraq without leaving chaos behind.


Revise Our Iraq Policy

Reid-Biden-Levin Joint Resolution To Revise United States Policy On Iraq


  • We support the troops;
  • The circumstances cited in the 2002 use of force authorization have changed substantially;
  • U.S. troops should not be policing a civil war;
  • U.S. policy in Iraq must change to emphasize the need for a political solution in order to maximize the chances for success and more effectively wage the war on terror.

Redeployment of U.S. Forces From Iraq

  • The President shall promptly transition the mission of U.S. forces in Iraq and begin the phased redeployment no later than 120 days following enactment;
  • Goal to redeploy all combat forces from Iraq by March 31, 2008 except for a limited number that are essential for the following purposes:
    • Force protection
    • Training and equipping Iraqi troops
    • Targeted counter-terror operations

New Comprehensive Strategy to Ensure Stability in Iraq

  • Redeployment shall be implemented as part of a comprehensive economic, diplomatic, and political strategy that includes sustained engagement with Iraq's neighbors and the international community;
  • New policy seeks to change course, transition the mission, and bring stability to Iraq.

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