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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:35 AM
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Obama Shifts the Foreign Policy Debate; Declares Iraq war all but over, focuses on broader issues
WP: Obama Shifts the Foreign Policy Debate
Candidate Moves Focus From Iraq To Broader Issues
By Karen DeYoung and Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, July 23, 2008; A08

Sen. Barack Obama, on his first and likely only overseas trip as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has remade the campaign's foreign policy playing field, neatly sidestepping Republican charges that he has been naive and wrong on Iraq and moving to a broader, post-Iraq focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In essence, Obama has declared the war in Iraq all but over. "There is security progress," he said during yesterday's news conference in Amman, Jordan. "Now we need a political solution." While a diminished U.S. force under his presidency would continue to protect U.S. personnel, target terrorists and provide training, he said, it would be up to Baghdad to consolidate the victory by "setting up a government that is working for the people."

Two days spent in Afghanistan and two days in Iraq, Obama said, reinforced his belief that it is time for the United States to move on. Calling the situation in Afghanistan "perilous and urgent," he said both U.S. military and Afghan government officials agree that "we must act now to reverse a deteriorating situation."...

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McCain's judgments are based on "what he thinks makes the most sense," Obama said. But his own judgments, "in speaking with Afghans and Iraqis, the U.S. military and civilians," he said, led him to conclude that there is a need to "seize this moment to make America more secure" by focusing on "broader challenges."

Chief among them, he said, are the "need to refocus attention on Afghanistan and to go after the Taliban, including putting more troops on the ground, and to put more pressure on Pakistan to deal with the safe havens of terrorists."...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:39 AM
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1. That's the difference between a
leader and someone stuck on stupid.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:43 AM
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2. Well said! nt
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:10 AM
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3. good stuff - if I couldn't have Biden for president, I'm happy with his for. pol.
perspective on the broader issues being Obama's perspective. I think Obama was on that track all along, and I don't care whether he got it from Biden or other advisors, just great to hear, and if Americans listen, it makes so much more sense than endless Iraq war and bombing Iran.
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rndmprsn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:14 AM
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4. K&R
they will play by his rules!

gobama.
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:49 AM
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5. another bump
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