Saturday, April 25, 2009

Obama Administration adopts Bush's Iraq policy

Or so Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claims, as reported by AP:
"Let me assure you and repeat what President Obama said, we are committed to Iraq, we want to see a stable, sovereign, self-reliant Iraq," she told a nervous but receptive crowd at a town hall meeting at the U.S. Embassy in the capital.
If the Obama administration means this, it is a huge change: in the primaries, Obama won largely on his claim to be the candidate who would most assuredly deliver victory in Iraq to Al Qaeda.

In the primaries, "withdrawal from Iraq" seemed to mean withdrawal from Iraq. Now, it has been re-defined to mean a withdrawal from major cities and even that withdrawal is hedged:
U.S. officials say they remain committed to a June 30 deadline to move all forces outside major cities, including Baghdad. But the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. Raymond Odierno, has said American troops could "maintain a presence" in some cities if requested by the Iraqis.

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