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 Post subject: Sen. Obama offers plan to stop escalation of Iraq war
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Sen. Obama offers plan to stop escalation of Iraq war

Mike Sheehan
Tuesday January 30, 2007


2008 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is offering his own plan to stop the continued escalation of the war in Iraq, according to a press release.

Sen. Obama's stated goal is "to redeploy all combat brigades out of Iraq."

The junior senator from Illinois introduced the legislation today, the release saying that it "not only reverses the President's dangerous and ill-conceived escalation of the Iraq war, but also sets a new course for U.S. policy that can bring a responsible end to the war" and return American soldiers home.

"Our troops have preformed brilliantly in Iraq, but no amount of American soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else's civil war," said the senator. "That's why I have introduced a plan to not only stop the escalation of this war, but begin a phased redeployment that can pressure the Iraqis to finally reach a political settlement and reduce the violence."

The statement asserts that the Obama plan puts forth a "responsible yet effective alternative to the President's failed policy of escalation." The plan maintains that Iraq's woes cannot be solve militarily, and focuses rather on finding a political solution Iraq while "protecting our interests in the region" and ending the war.

Obama's plan to remove combat units from Iraq by the end of March 2008 is, per the statement, "consistent with the expectation of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group," but does allow for a limited number of troops to remain "as basic force protection, to engage in counter-terrorism, and to continue the training" of Iraq's struggling security forces.

"The American people have been asked to be patient too many times, too many lives have been lost and too many billions have been spent," the statement quotes Sen. Obama. "It's time for a policy that can bring a responsible end to this war and bring our troops home."



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