In a letter to president Bush, Clinton said a troop withdrawal this summer is "too little, too late."
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, sent a letter to President Bush describing his reported plan to withdraw 30,000 troops next summer "too little too late and unacceptable to this Congress."
"As Commander-in-Chief you have the authority and ability to greatly accelerate the redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq, and to bring so many more troops home so much faster," Clinton, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, writes in the letter. "I strongly urge you to choose this course of action."
She added, "Mr. President, it has been nearly four and a half years since you landed on an aircraft carrier and stood before the American people under a banner that read 'Mission Accomplished.' Do not repeat that mistake on Thursday night. Do not misrepresent the facts about the situation on the ground. And do not portray an unavoidable reduction in U.S. troops to pre-surge levels that would occur anyway as a marker of success. Be candid with the American people."
During her endorsement event with the National Association of Letter Carriers Wednesday morning, Clinton criticized Bush for troop reductions that "were going to happen anyway" and demanded that he "start bringing troops home now."
"Taking credit for this troop reduction is like taking credit for the sun coming up in the morning," Clinton said. "The president has the authority to bring our troops home safely and responsibly starting now. But he just won't do it."
Meanwhile, in what has been billed as a major address on Iraq later Wednesday in Iowa, Obama plans to call for a withdrawal to begin "immediately."
– CNN's Jessica Yellin and Alexander Mooney