September 12th, 2007
12:05 PM ET
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Clinton: Summer troop withdrawal 'too little too late'

In a letter to president Bush, Clinton said a troop withdrawal this summer is "too little, too late."

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, isn't the only White House hopeful Wednesday stepping up talk on Iraq.

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


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iraq
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Rick it's not hate but a dwindling patience for medical technology to catch up to society.Anyone who reads the medical news,such as Monday's article about the obvious brain defects and their resulting conservative views,knows that these mental midgets are subject to suggestion and emotional interference within their own brains.I have and will continue to drive that home.The gratuitous vitriol just happens to be the most effective method of muzzling these thinkers of a lesser level.When a poll shows that 56% of americans think that the constitution is a christian religious document,it displays just how many mental deficients are among us and highlights the threat to our nation.Therefore it is encumbant upon all thinking americans to heap shame and ridicule on these unwitting traitors until they quit interfering in our government.I hope that explains it for you and if you also see the criminal activity of the theocratic right impuning our secular nation,I hope you'll join me in condemning them,too few of us have the ethical and moral wherewithall to step up to the plate.Lots of these godheads are willing to rant,let them be ostracized,they should feel hated for promoting theocracy.The pilgrims would hang them instantly.

    September 13, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  2. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Sam from IA, are you serious?

    "Do you right wingers ever tire of whining. My children where never allowed to whine like that. They live thier lives, work, go to school, and accept responsibility for their actions."

    That sounds like Republican voters, certainly not a segment of the Democrats voting block.

    "Those who can, do. Those who can't, vote republican and blame someone else for their problems."

    Blaming someone else for your problems sounds like a major voting block for Democrats.

    September 13, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Given that the majority of Democrats most likely voted for a Democrat Candidate the that last two times around. I guess it would be only logical to blame them for the mess Americans are in now wouldn't it?

    And I must disagree with Gravel who said "the people get what they deserve." Given the last two elections this would be an untrue statement. As those who did not vote for Bush certainly did not get what they deserve.

    September 13, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Ed Holton - Douglas, AZ

    Has anyone noticed that Hillary is always one of the first ones to blast the millitary? I am a retired service member and I have heard nothing from Hillary on what she would do to address our military readiness situation. Remember that during her husband's 8 years in the White House, she shared his views of loathing the military as an institution. She has stated nothing on fixing th VA system's current mess. In fact, she has pretty much failed to address any thing about the military, other than negative comments of course. Hillary, if you want my vote, tell me why I should!

    September 17, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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