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September 13, 2007

Obama: "End This War Now"

Speaking in Clinton, Iowa on Wednesday, Senator Barack Obama spoke out against the Iraq war, calling the invasion a failure from the beginning, and presenting troop removal as a better foreign policy decision. 

"Let me be clear: there is no military solution in Iraq, and there never was. 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."

Offering a solution, Senator Obama called for a new strategy focusing on diplomacy over military aggression.

"At every stage of this war, we have suffered because of disdain for diplomacy. We have not brought allies to the table. We have refused to talk to people we don't like. And we have failed to build a consensus in the region. As a result, Iraq is more violent, the region is less stable, and America is less secure."

To withdraw troops from Iraq, Senator Obama called for troop removal to begin immediately,  and  by removing a brigade a month, constitute a full removal by the end of 2008.

However, despite his calls for America to "surge our diplomacy" to Iraq, Senator Obama did not make explicit if he plans for residual forces to remain in Iraq after 2008. 

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