WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States should start to withdraw militarily and politically from Iraq and aim to pull out all troops as early as possible next year, Sen. Edward Kennedy said on Thursday.No way is Bush going to do as Sen. Kennedy suggests. That would be giving into to the "liberals." But now that Ted Kennedy is on record as calling for a withdrawal because of our massive failure in Iraq, Bush can't pull out after the elections and claim victory. But he probably will anyway. Unless he keeps troops there to protect the oil companies.
After Sunday's Iraqi elections, Kennedy said President Bush should state he intends to negotiate a timetable with the new Iraqi government to draw down U.S. forces.
At least 12,000 U.S. troops should leave at once, Kennedy said, "to send a stronger signal about our intentions to ease the pervasive sense of occupation."
The Massachusetts Democrat, who opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq, became the first senator to lay out a plan for Bush to start withdrawing troops a day after the Pentagon warned lawmakers that strikes by insurgents may increase after Sunday's elections.
Friday, January 28, 2005
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