THE BLOG
01/09/2007 04:36 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Escalation? It's Not His Decision to Make

Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam, and we cannot allow history to
repeat itself any longer. Our troops deserve better. We must act now.

Today, I introduced legislation to reclaim the people's
right to a full voice in the president's plan to send more troops to
Iraq. My bill will say that no additional troops can be sent and no
additional dollars can be spent on such an escalation unless and until
Congress approves the president's plan.

Congress must exert its constitutional authority and demand a
vote before any escalation in Iraq. In October 2002, Members of
Congress authorized a war against the regime of Saddam Hussein, not to
send our troops into a civil war. I voted against that resolution and
feel an escalation of this war only compounds the original mistake of
going in the first place.

A military escalation in Iraq would not strengthen our
national security -- instead it would further weaken it by enabling the
Iraqis to avoid taking responsibility for their own future. More than
3000 American soldiers have died in Iraq and more than 22,000 have been
wounded.

Instead of continued mistakes and shoot-from-the-hip policies,
it's time to get this right. The President must make clear the mission
of our troops and lay out a path to bring them home, and Congress must
stop being a rubberstamp for failed policies and stand up and act.

Never before has our system of checks and balances been so
important. Join the thousands who have already shown their support by
signing our petition:

http://www.tedkennedy.com/ourdecision

I hope you'll take a moment to learn a little more about this
legislation and then spread the word. We have posted video of my speech
at the National Press Club. I have also posted a diary at DailyKos.com
earlier today. That post includes an email sent to TedKennedy.com
members.

Watch the video of today's speech below and use the "share"
feature to build support in your community for a new direction in Iraq.

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