Barak Obama has had the right stance on the Iraq war, before it even started. Today, it looks like he will deliver a speech calling for the complete withdrawal of US troops by the end of next year.
“Let me be clear: There is no military solution in Iraq and there never was,” Obama was expected to say in a speech Wednesday at Ashford University.
“The best way to protect our security and to pressure Iraq’s leaders to resolve their civil war is to immediately begin to remove our combat troops. Not in six months or one year _ now,” the Illinois senator was to say.
“We must get out strategically and carefully, removing troops from secure areas first and keeping troops in more volatile areas until later,” Obama said in prepared remarks. Key excerpts were obtained by The Associated Press.
Although he stopped short of calling for an immediate pullout of all troops, Obama said there should be a clear and certain timetable.
“But our drawdown should proceed at a steady pace of one or two brigades each month,” he said. “If we start now, all of our combat brigades should be out of Iraq by the end of next year.”
Its refreshing to see a politician who is willing to declare the obvious, and it will be interesting to see how Hillary Clinton reacts to Obama’s plan. Clinton, a supporter of the Iraq war from day 1, in involved in yet another fund raising scandal. The Bush presidency has been so bad, that people seem to forget how scandal plagued the Clinton administration actually was, and how many of those scandals directly involved Hillary Clinton.