Reuters.com: Kennedy - The Time Has Come To Leave Iraq
US News Article | Reuters.com: "The United States should start to withdraw militarily and politically from Iraq and aim to pull out all troops as early as possible next year, Sen. Edward Kennedy said on Thursday.
After Sunday's Iraqi elections, Kennedy said President Bush should state he intends to negotiate a timetable with the new Iraqi government to draw down U.S. forces.
At least 12,000 U.S. troops should leave at once, Kennedy said, 'to send a stronger signal about our intentions to ease the pervasive sense of occupation.'
The Massachusetts Democrat, who opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq, became the first senator to lay out a plan for Bush to start withdrawing troops a day after the Pentagon warned lawmakers that strikes by insurgents may increase after Sunday's elections. "