U.S. Senator Russ Feingold says the United States should set a target date of December 31st, 2006, to complete the military mission in Iraq and have all U-S forces removed from the nation by then.
He tells The Associated Press it's based in part on what has happened when other timetables were set in Iraq, effectively setting things in motion to transfer sovereignty, hold elections and prepare a constitution.
He says the same thing can be true for the military mission.
According to Feingold, setting a clear time frame could spur actions by U-S forces and the Iraqis to accomplish the goal.
He says it also would undercut a key recruitment argument of terrorists that they're fighting a U-S occupation that has no end in sight.