With the selection of a new unity government, the Iraqi people have taken important steps in their effort to build a country based on democratic principles and the rule of law. Congress should now focus on providing support to meet the economic, and security milestones that will allow American troops to return home. Instead, John Kerry and the Democrats are posturing for their political base with arbitrary deadlines and immediate withdrawal. This sends the wrong message at the wrong time to the millions of Iraqis who have welcomed the removal of Saddam Hussein, supported a new constitution, and voted in their country's first free elections in history.