Democratic senators rap Bush Iraq policy

March 20, 2006 at 1:12 PM

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., on Monday said it was increasingly likely Iraq would turn out to be a "bad bargain for America's security."

Several Democratic politicians have been speaking against the war in Iraq to mark the third anniversary of the start of the fighting. The Democratic mantra in the last week has been "dangerous incompetence" to refer to U.S. President George Bush's policies in Iraq. Biden used the term Monday.

Biden, ranking minority member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it was good to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein but "we may be trading him for chaos and a new terror haven in the Middle East."

"None of this was inevitable," Biden said. "At every critical junction, many of us predicted the problems we would face. ... The administration failed to listen."

Biden appeared with The Center for American Progress President John Podesta, a former Clinton administration aide. The center, a liberal group, issued a report critical of Bush policies that claims Iraq will not see the transition in 2006 as called for by the U.S. Congress.

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