Brown calls for troop withdrawal within one year

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In his address to the nation, President Bush called for an enduring presence of US troops in Iraq. But US Senator Sherrod Brown (D) of Ohio says Iraq is not becoming more stable, and troops should come home within a year.

“Dropping troop levels down 30,000 after increasing them 30,000 is not progress,” he said.

Brown says terrorism has escalated because of the war. He says the military has been sidetracked by the civil war instead of adequately pursuing Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

“The politicians in the White House the political leaders have bungled this war. There’s no end in sight. It’s just this stay the course in the midst of a civil war. It’s not working. People in this country have lost their patience. We should redeploy our troops out in the next year,” he said.

He says he expects even more republican lawmakers to join the democrats calling for redeployment within a year.

“The President will veto any change in course, but the president’s been wrong about the war for the last 4.5 years. This war is now longer than American involvement in World War Two and it’s clearly not making us safer,” he said.

Republican U.S. Senator George Voinovich has said little on the subject in the weeks leading up to President Bush’s address. He is quoted in the USA Today as saying he does not think the president wants a deadline to be placed on the military but said American citizens and lawmakers think pressure should be put on the Iraqis.

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