Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

12/30/2004

Dayton's Withdrawal Method

If there was any question why Senator Dayton was denied a trip to Iraq with his fellow Armed Services Committee members, they can be put to rest. Minnesota's Senior Senator has seen fit to offer his thoughts on an appropriate timetable for U.S. withdrawal:

"We've been there for 18 months now ... We've got to start to define the remaining amount of time necessary for our forces to be there before they can leave with a victory secured."

Dayton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the committee should ask Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld what Congress can do to help accelerate the timetable.
Nothing would delight Saddam loyalists more than to have a strict timetable of withdrawal become U.S. policy. Simply put, it would allow them to bide their time until the flock is unguarded. Clearly Minnesota desperately needs another Senator that recognizes the enormous stakes in Iraq for U.S. national security, the long-suffering Iraqi people, and long-term stability in the Middle East. It would seem that Minnesota has an election every bit as momentous in November of 2006 as does Iraq in January 2005
Dayton correctly calls next month's scheduled elections "a very important first step toward self-determination for the Iraqi people". Those elections, we remind the Senator, would never take place if his foreign policy prescriptions had been followed.

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