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Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Timeline

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have wondered why the White House hasn't been making some political hay over the success of the withdrawal timetable in Iraq. But I now see they wanted to roll this news out when people were actually paying attention.

Where is Mohammed al-Daini? [Updated]

Dal LaMagna | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dal LaMagna

The U.S. may be leaving Iraq, but we should not be abandoning the Iraqi people. Particularly those who have put their lives on the line to rebuild their country in peace.

What Obama's Iraq Speech Means for American Foreign Policy

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilan Goldenberg

It's not all about Iraq. It is about America's interests around the globe and the costs and benefits of pursuing different strategies.

Obama Bringing Troops Home: Are We Ready to Welcome Them?

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Whether it is 16 months or 19 months or 23 months, whether the residual force is 10,000 or 50,000 troops, the president's new plan will create a surge of new veterans coming home in 2009 and 2010. We need to be ready.

On the Right Path, Finally, in Iraq

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jon Soltz

If President Obama does continue to draw down, we will be more secure, and our military will now have a chance to repair the damage done to it by the previous administration.

Democrats Should Support Obama's Troop Plan

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

If Iraq remains or becomes even more stable in 2010, then Obama will almost surely draw down troops even more quickly than he's currently announcing.

My 2008 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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Chris Weigant

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin for the Republican ticket this year was without any doubt the boldest political tactic of the year.

My 2008 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to our annual awards! For the past three years, this column has paid homage (translation: "ripped off their gimmick") to the McLaughlin Group...

A Close Look At The Iraq Status Of Forces Agreement [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

What I found is that the Iraqis got almost everything they had pushed for, and the Bush administration got almost nothing of what they wanted.

Memo To Right-Wing: Withdrawal Timetable Now Doubleplusgood

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm on a lot of strange press lists, so I get a lot of strange press releases, but this is the first time I've ever gotten one from another dimension, I have to admit.

Friday Talking Points [55] -- "Bretton Woods II"? Not Quite.

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have to begin here today by stomping all over a cutesy term the media has come up with for the upcoming economic "summit" George W. Bush is holding ...

Maliki's Leverage Over Bush

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Because the clock is running out on Bush and because his domestic popularity continues to fall, Maliki is using the international media to boost his own popularity with the voters in Iraq.

Friday Talking Points [41] -- The Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have a confession to make. I actually watch the network news. Maybe I should enter into a twelve-step program or something. But I don't watch the ...

Obama Frames Iraq Right, Bush And McCain Slow To React

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

McCain's going to have to come up with some new spin to explain why Obama and Maliki are now singing from the same songbook on timetables for withdrawal.

Friday Talking Points [38] -- Whiners And Cheeseheads

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back to Friday Talking Points, after a one-week hiatus! While plenty has happened in the past two weeks which bears close and careful analysis...