Sen Dodd makes distinction on Iraq War between himself and rivals

WASHINGTON - Presidential Candidate Chris Dodd's bold plan for ending the war in Iraq continues to gain recognition. Dodd, the first Presidential candidate in the Senate to call for firm deadlines tied to funding, has continued to lead the fight to end the war in Iraq from the Senate.

"I believe those who refuse to allow this Senate to vote on this critical issue do a grave disservice to America's security by enabling this President to continue with his failed strategy in Iraq," said Dodd yesterday. "Every additional day we "stay the course" in Iraq our nation is less safe and the people of Iraq get further away from coming together to fashion a political and diplomatic solution to their civil conflict. Our men and women in uniform have served this nation valiantly in Iraq, but we must serve them better by safely and responsibly bringing this war to an end."

Arianna Huffington, of the Huffington Post has praised Dodd's leadership on the issue stating, "Senator Dodd has a plan which is the most thorough plan for getting us out [of Iraq] - with very clear time lines and deadlines. And that's really what Democrats need to be looking for now, very, very specific plans from the Democratic candidates for getting us out. And leadership, real leadership in exerting every influence they can to get us out."

The Connecticut Post and Hartford Courant also reported on Senator Dodd's leadership in ending the Iraq war. Articles from the Connecticut Post and Hartford Courant as well as Senator Dodd's blog post on the Huffington Post and Arianna Huffington's interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" are below.

CONNECTICUT POST: "Dodd urges end to failed Iraq war"
"In his strongest terms yet, U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd Tuesday called again for an end to the Iraq war as the Senate prepared for a rare, all-night session to debate withdrawal.

"'We mustn't sacrifice any more lives, we shouldn't countenance any more bloodshed, and we shouldn't support the continuation of the failed escalation of a disastrous policy,' said Dodd, D-Conn."

HARTFORD COURANT: "Dodd Calls for Troop Redeployments"
"U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd on Tuesday proposed moving 50,000 American troops out of Iraq by the end of this year and redeploying another 40,000 by April 2008, a tougher stance than most Senate Democrats have endorsed."

SENATOR DODD: "We Need a Firm and Enforceable Deadline for Redeployment"
"Now that the surge is at full force, we are told yet again that the time isn't right to make a judgment about the success or failure of the administration's policy. Now we are told we must wait until September to determine the success of the surge. I suspect, Mr. President, as September draws near the Administration will concoct some additional arguments to delay the day of reckoning.

"Mr. President, I don't need any more time, or any more reports and briefings to confirm what many of us already know. The American people and the Iraqi people don't need any more time to realize that the Administration's Iraq policy, including the surge, is a failure."

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: Dodd has Thorough Plan to End Iraq War
"Senator Dodd has a plan which is the most thorough plan for getting us out [of Iraq] - with very clear time lines and deadlines. And that's really what Democrats need to be looking for now, very, very specific plans from the Democratic candidates for getting us out. And leadership, real leadership in exerting every influence they can to get us out."