Sen. Chris Dodd questioned Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker on Tuesday as Sen. John Kerry looked on.
(CNN) — Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd Wednesday blasted two of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, for not taking a tougher line on their Iraq positions.
"I was disappointed that Senator Obama's thoughts on Iraq today didn't include a firm, enforceable deadline for redeployment, and dismayed that neither he nor Senator Clinton will give an unequivocal answer on whether they would support a measure if it didn't have such an enforceable deadline," Dodd said in a statement released by his presidential campaign.
"It is clear to me – especially after yesterday's testimony – that half-measures aren't going to stop this President or end our involvement in this civil war," said Dodd, referring to testimony provided by Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker Tuesday before a Senate committee. "I thought it was clear to Senators Obama and Clinton as well after they finally came around to supporting the Feingold-Reid measure and voting against a blank-check supplemental spending bill this spring. If 'enough was enough' then, why isn't it after the bloodiest summer of the war?"
Both Clinton and Obama voted against a Defense bill measure that funded military operations in Iraq earlier this year.
Dodd's comments came on the same day Obama is giving a speech in Clinton, Iowa in which he will outline his vision for the future of U.S. involvement in Iraq. "Senator Obama has a gift for soaring rhetoric, but, on this critical issue, we need to know the substance of his position with specificity," Dodd said. "Without tying a date certain to funding how does he plan to enforce his call for an immediate redeployment?"
Dodd, along with Obama, are both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Clinton is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford