In a speech this afternoon at the National Press Club, Senator Kennedy pre-empted President Bush's address to the nation tomorrow by outlining a bill he's introducing that requires congressional approval for any troop surge in Iraq. Kennedy drew striking parallels between Vietnam and the current conflict, going so far as to say that "Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam."
Sen. Edward Kennedy launched a pre-emptive strike on Tuesday against President Bush's anticipated plans to send more troops to Iraq.
The Massachusetts Democrat introduced legislation to require congressional approval before force levels can be increased, more than a day before the president is expected to propose such an increase.
Kennedy, a leading opponent of the war and senior member of the Armed Services Committee, said any troop surge would be "an immense new mistake."
Kennedy said he introduced the legislation "to reclaim the rightful role of Congress and the people's right to a full voice in the president's plan to send more troops to Iraq."
He added that the bill says "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."
Judd at ThinkProgress has a report from the Center for American Progress that shows Congress has, in fact, passed legislation in the past capping the amount of troops/funding available to the President.