Dividing The Country Will Not Lead To Victory In Iraq

Instead of offering a blueprint for success, the Bush Administration has used the Iraq debate to attack Democrats for wanting to cut and run. This may be a way to divide the country, but it's not a strategy for success in Iraq. For the good of not only the Iraqi people but the American people, 2006 must be a year of significant transition. We must clarify that our policy in Iraq is to redeploy our forces beginning this year, addressing the significant strain on our land forces, refocusing attention and resources on the global war on terror, and increasing our strategic flexibility to confront other challenges.

The amendment that Senator Levin and I are offering sends the Iraqi leaders a clear message that they must achieve meaningful political solutions in a timely manner. This is not about a date certain. This is about getting the president to do the job correctly, something he has failed to do for the last three years and three months.