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Feingold Urges Troop Withdrawal By End of '06

By Peter Baker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 18, 2005; A03

Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) called on the White House yesterday to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of next year and criticized fellow Democrats for being too "timid" in challenging the Bush administration's war policy.

Feingold, who is among the Democrats considering a run for president in 2008, became the first senator to propose a specific deadline for pulling all 138,000 U.S. troops out of Iraq. His comments also laid bare the rising tension within his party about how to respond to President Bush on the war.

Although critical of the administration's handling of the war, many leading Democratic lawmakers have been reluctant to press for a concrete timetable for withdrawal, agreeing with Bush that it could harm the war effort. Many congressional Democrats voted in 2002 to grant Bush authority to invade Iraq, but their liberal base has grown increasingly vocal in opposition to the war, making it difficult to send a consensus message. But as Bush's poll numbers have fallen, some Democrats have grown increasingly outspoken.

In a telephone interview from Wisconsin, Feingold said he has heard a wave of public disenchantment at 15 town hall meetings so far during the August recess, leading him to propose a Dec. 31, 2006, deadline.

"There's a deepening feeling of dismay in the country about the way things are going in Iraq," Feingold said. He rejected Bush's assertion that a deadline would make it easier for insurgents to simply hang on. "I think he's wrong. I think not talking about endgames is playing into our enemies' hand."

The White House had no comment, except to point to Bush's past statements rejecting a withdrawal timetable, a position shared by Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). "Like other members of the caucus, he's been calling for some benchmarks from the administration to measure progress," Reid spokesman Jim Manley said, "but he is opposed to setting a date certain for withdrawal, concerned that would undercut the troops."

Feingold is the first senator to call for a specific deadline, but several members of the House have introduced a resolution calling on Bush to initiate a withdrawal no later than Oct. 1, 2006. In a speech in January, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) called on the president to pull out all troops "as early as possible in 2006."


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It is remarkably similar to Cindy's question..

.. and doesn't W look good in this dress?

Stop the military ability to groom and train our kids as they are growing up to supply them with soliders for their never ending war.
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Does it really take that long to load the troop transports?

Bring them home NOW!

with this Russ. People are dying over there, and getting hurt, and going crazy. This needs to end now. There'll be plenty left in 06 to beat Bush up with.

Get our people out of there now!
R Ap

Do you idiots understand that our military is 100% volunteer? These people want to serve, they weren't drafted. You libs are just completely in outer space. Can you see if there is anything on Mars while you are out there???

This "Russ" as you call him is about as far to the left as they come and he is going to try and run for Pres in '08. He is using this as a tactic to get your votes in '08. Could I get out there and say that and run for the Dumbocratic Ticket????

I look forward to '06. Let's see how many more out of touch libs we can oust from power!!!! Bring on the New Year!!!!

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