Dean Repeats Call for Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are blaming the Bush
administration's Iraq policy for turning U-S soldiers into targets
for Iraq's insurgency.

In the party's weekly radio address, Democratic Party Chairman
Howard Dean said the Republican plan to "stay the course" is not
an option. And he rejects Republican criticism that Democrats want
to "cut and run."

He says the Bush administration has demonstrated a "failed
political leadership and lack of foresight and planning."

Dean says Democrats "will defend America" and "be tough and

He says most Americans don't believe the president, while his
administration questions the patriotism of critics.

Dean repeated the Democratic call for a phased withdrawal of U-S
troops to start by the end of the year.