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Nutmegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-03-08 05:00 PM
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Note to Iowa: Only One Top Dem Will End Iraq Occupation
According to the National Journal, the Democratic candidates' "disputes over issues have almost completely evaporated in the campaign's final days." The leading Dems, according to the Journal, are beating each other up over who has the most effective "leadership style" or similar abstractions. The notion that the top candidates are virtually identical on the issues and vary only in "tone" -- with Clinton the voice of experience and pragmatism, Obama the feel-good "uniter" who can heal a divided country and John Edwards the aggressive economic populist -- has become, to some degree, the conventional wisdom of campaign 2008.

But, as is often the case, it's also simply wrong.

While it's true that the big three have similar stances on a number of issues, on Iraq -- the one that Democrats and swing voters say is either their top concern, or No. 2 after the economy -- the top candidates' differences couldn't be more significant. In fact, only John Edwards among the top three Dems would effectively end the occupation of Iraq within a year of taking office.

All three top candidates certainly sound like they'd end it. In a Sept. 26 debate, Barack Obama said that if elected, "the first thing" he would do is "initiate a phased redeployment." "Military personnel," he continued, "indicate we can get one brigade to two brigades out per month. I would immediately begin that process. We would get combat troops out of Iraq."

Full article: http://www.alternet.org/election08/72344/
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-03-08 05:04 PM
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1. BAGHDAD (AFP) - Three US soldiers have been killed in Iraq, [see LBN]
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-03-08 06:09 PM
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2. was reading that earlier - THANKS for posting it! (n/t)
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