A Democrat's View of the Intel Report on Iraq

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq "is saying that the situation in Iraq is even more grave than the president has laid out."

Only "key judgments" of the report were made public.

Wyden, who has access to classified material beyond that released Friday, says that while the U.S. should remain involved with Iraq through training and counter-terrorism, "the Iraqis have used our courageous soldiers as a crutch that they have leaned on for too long, and it is time to start bringing our people home."

Wyden says that idea is what American voters threw their support for in the midterm elections.

Robert Siegel talks with Wyden.

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