The vast multitude of Americans have voiced their hopes and prayers for a quick end to the occupation in Iraq in opinion polls, and in last November's election results.  The Congress has responded with a real, solid plan to end the horrific bloodshed in Iraq and to turn our attention to making America safe, prosperous and just place to live.

Today, as Americans are opening their newspapers or browsers or listening to their favorite newscasts, I know they are searching some sign, some sense, that President Bush has heard them, has understood their message and is moving to turn Iraq back to the Iraqi people and bring our troops home safely and promptly, with heads held high.