US Senator Carl Levin says he returned from a two-day visit to Iraq disappointed by the level of insurgency.
But he was ardent that America needs to gradually reduce its presence there.
Levin is the Senate Armed Services Committee's senior Democrat. He went to Iraq Tuesday and Wednesday and met with President Jalal Talabani at the heavily-fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad. He also met with Prime Minister Jaafari and members of the Sunni Arab community.
Iraq officials are working on a new constitution that must be done by August 15.