Face the Nation (CBS News) - Sunday, December 4, 2005
Sen. JOHN KERRY: ...And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not...
Host BOB SCHIEFFER: Yeah.
Sen. KERRY: ...Iraqis should be doing that. And after all of these two and a half years, with all of the talk of 210,000 people trained, there just is no excuse for not transferring more of that authority.
SCHIEFFER: Well, you're not saying we should stop fighting these insurgents?
Sen. KERRY: Absolutely not.... But we do not need 160,000 troops running around the country as a whole, exposing themselves as they are, feeding the notion of occupation.