June 24, 2006

Dean: Troops in Iraq should come home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States should begin
pulling troops out of Iraq this year, the head of the
Democratic Party said on Saturday as he accused Republicans of
lacking a plan to move forward after more than three years of

"The Republicans don't have a plan," Democratic National
Committee Chairman Howard Dean said in his party's weekly radio
address. "'Stay the course' is not a plan. Saying the problems
in Iraq will be left to the next president, is not a plan."

The Republican-led U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected
Democratic plans to begin drawing down U.S. forces this year,
terming the efforts a "cut and run" strategy.

"We believe that we ought to focus on training, logistics,
and counterterrorism and we can do that with a redeployment of
our troops," Dean said.

The Bush administration has said repeatedly U.S. forces
would not leave Iraq until Baghdad was up to the task of
providing for its own security.