Friday, January 28, 2005
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Kennedy Calls for Troop Withdrawal in Iraq By LOLITA C. BALDOR
"The U.S. military presence has become part of the problem, not part of the solution," Kennedy said in remarks prepared for delivery at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. "We need a new plan that sets fair and realistic goals for self-government in Iraq, and works with the Iraqi government on a specific timetable for the honorable homecoming of our forces." While not the first member of Congress to call for a withdrawal of the troops, Kennedy is the first senator to do so. And his remarks continued what has been a long and blistering assault on the administration's Iraq policies. He has called the war a "fraud made up in Texas," and said the administration mislead the people about the threats leading up to the war. Now, Kennedy said, the United States and the insurgents are both battling for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people and the U.S. is losing. "There may well be violence as we disengage militarily from Iraq and Iraq disengages politically from us, but there will be much more violence if we continue our present dangerous and destabilizing course," said Kennedy. "It will not be easy to extricate ourselves from Iraq, but we must begin." Administration officials have so far declined to discuss a timeline for troop withdrawal, saying the goal is to ensure the Iraqis are capable of maintaining their own security before military forces are scaled back. Kennedy, who has called Iraq "George Bush's Vietnam," drew parallels between that failed conflict and the current deadly battle against guerrilla insurgents. He said the United States must learn from the mistakes of Vietnam - which he termed a misguided war that carried on too long and was not honestly portrayed by officials to the American people.
Statement By RNC Communications Director Brian Jones RNC Communications Director Brian Jones issued the following statement on today’s speech by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) regarding Iraq: “It’s remarkable that Sen. Kennedy would deliver such an overtly pessimistic message only days before the Iraqi election. Kennedy’s partisan political attack stands in stark contrast to President Bush's vision of spreading freedom around the world. The world is watching whether America has the will to stand with the Iraqi people as freedom takes root in their nation, and no democracy has ever risen out of defeatism.” Townhall: Ted Kennedy's Iraq lunacy Rich Lowry