Today Is Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Day

On January 30, 2007, Senator Barack Obama introduced the Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007 in a speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate.  In describing the proposed legislation he said,"This plan would not only place a cap on the number of troops in Iraq and stop the escalation, more importantly, it would begin a phased redeployment of U.S. forces with the goal of removing all U.S. combat forces from Iraq by March 31, 2008."In a civil war where no military solution exists, this redeployment remains our best leverage to pressure the Iraqi government to achieve the political settlement between its warring factions that can slow the bloodshed and promote stability."Obama's proposed legislation came in the wake of President Bush's announcement of the troop surge.  In a statement dated January 19, 2007, Obama said,"I cannot in good conscience support this escalation.  It is a policy which has already been tried and a policy which has failed.  Just...(Read Full Article)