Obama outlines a new direction in Iraq

Obama in Clinton, Iowa (reuters photo)

The direction is out! The time is NOW!

Update: NYT has the story here. Video added!  The full text of Obama’s speech is here.


From BarackObama.com:

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.

“The president would have us believe there are two choices: keep all of our troops in Iraq or abandon these Iraqis,” Obama said. “I reject this choice.”

Instead, he argued for creating an international working group of countries in the region and in Asia and Europe that would work to stabilize Iraq. (more…)