by Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Satyam Khanna, Matt Corley, Benjamin Armbruster, Ali Frick, Ryan Powers, and Matt Duss To receive The Progress Report ...
There is great reason to suspect that the timeline for withdrawal -- all troops out by 2011 -- announced in February by the Obama administration will prove to be a fallacy.
There is some unhappiness with President Obama's plan to end U.S. military involvement in Iraq. Those criticisms are not justified. Let's look at what candidate Obama promised and what he is doing.
This is a clear victory for those in the peace movement who supported Obama as the first anti-war candidate with a chance to become president.
The Marines have accompanied the Iraqis about as far as they can go. Now they're feeling like a parent with a toddler on a bicycle. The training wheels have to come off at some point.
Some people seem to just now be waking up to the fact that Obama never had a comprehensive plan to fully end the occupation. Obama never defined "ending the war" as removing all U.S. forces from Iraq.
In a nutshell, the Pentagon's argument couldn't be simpler or more red-bloodedly American: We have too much stuff there to leave Iraq any time soon.
Diplomacy is as important for keeping Iraq stable as it is for making sure that US troops are not targets of attacks by insurgents, or caught in the crossfire of an explosion of sectarian violence, as we begin to pull back.
Over the course of this week, OffTheBus is running a primer on some of the most important foreign policy issues the next president will face. The primer can act as a guide to how candidates Barack Obama and John McCain stand on each issue. Check out the links for more information on these issues. Today, the primer looks at where Obama and McCain stand on Iraq, Afghanistan and trade policy.
Every day, it's becoming clearer that Bush,the Iraqi prime minister, and the presidential candidates are reaching a new consensus, which can be summed up as, "let's not and say we did."
WHO: Randy Scheunemann, senior foreign policy adviser WHAT: Press Briefing Call WHEN: Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. ET SUMMARY This call use...
Al-Maliki and the Pentagon are conspiring to fool public opinion in the US and Iraq during an election year by finally promising a withdrawal deadline with vague parameters. What's going on here?
It has been obvious for a long time that our presence in Iraq is making things worse, and that it is not a false choice between supporting the troops and ending the war.
It's not enough to wait for a new president to lead us out of way. We must start today to bring our troops home.
McCain doesn't need Viagra -- he's got Iraq. Call your doctor if your erection lasts longer than four hours -- or your war lasts longer than 100 years.
The Democrats are the majority party of Congress, and in 2008 they better start acting like it or they will only ensure their own demise.