First, I would like to thank the people of Connecticut Local Politics for giving me the opportunity to write to you today.
The war in Iraq has made us less secure, more vulnerable and even more isolated. It is time for a new course in Iraq, and we have to be honest and acknowledge that there is only one responsible way to end the war.
That is why Tuesday I stood up on the Senate floor to speak for the Feingold-Reid-Dodd amendment. Using the Congressional power of the purse, the amendment forces the President to safely redeploy U.S. combat troops from Iraq, sets a hard deadline for withdrawal in by March 31, 2008 and would bring the war to and end.
Nearly a third of the Senate voted for the measure. But it wasn’t enough; so we’re going to keep fighting to make the President listen to the congress and the American people, and do what is necessary to secure America again.
Trust methis fight will go on because it has to.
Despite the reports we hear every day, President Bush tells us he wants more of the same.
Patriotic Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike know that we cannot afford more of the same.
As my colleague Senator Hagel from Nebraska recently argued, “The President’s strategy is taking America deeper and deeper into quagmire with no exit strategy.”
And so Congress must do what it knows it has to do.
It must use its power of the purse to force the hand of a President wedded to a failed policy.
But responsible withdrawal means that we cannot permit Iraq to become a terrorist haven. So, even after redeployment is completed, we must continue to target terrorists in Iraq, to train and equip reliable Iraqi security forces, and to root out al-Qaeda’s stronghold. And we can do this without permanent military bases in Iraq.
In America and Iraq, the public backs responsible withdrawal by sizeable margins.
Yesterday was the beginning of the end of this failed policy.
So please, continue pressing our nation’s leaders to do the right thing. I promise I will do the same.
Thanks for your time and I encourage you to send me your thoughts and to stay involved.