Why I Voted For Goals Over Timetables

I voted against both resolutions because I support setting measurable goals for progress in Iraq and not arbitrary timetables and dates for redeployment. The American people want to see a plan for Iraq. As Nebraska's Senator, I hear from Nebraskans that they want to succeed in Iraq and bring the troops home.

We need to stand up the Iraqi military force, the security force and a functioning government. How many troops do they need in their army? How many do they have now? How soon can we get to the target number? If we can set measurable goals in those areas and work toward them then the American people will better understand what it is we are trying to achieve and how close we are to achieving them. Setting measurable goals, not arbitrary dates for withdrawal, will help the American people realize that our troops won't be there forever and objectives are within reach.