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First presidential candidate to say "get them out". Between that and universal health care, he's now my candidate*.

Here we go. Barack Obama is introducing binding legislation mandating the phased removal of combat brigades from Iraq to start in a few months, with the goal of getting "all" -- we repeat, "all" -- removed by March 2008. From a release just sent out by his campaign:
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today introduced binding and comprehensive legislation that not only reverses the President's dangerous and ill-conceived escalation of the Iraq war, but also sets a new course for U.S. policy that can bring a responsible end to the war and bring our troops home.

"Our troops have performed brilliantly in Iraq, but no amount of American soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else's civil war," Obama said. "That's why I have introduced a plan to not only stop the escalation of this war, but begin a phased redeployment that can pressure the Iraqis to finally reach a political settlement and reduce the violence."

The Obama plan offers a responsible yet effective alternative to the President's failed policy of escalation. Realizing there can be no military solution in Iraq, it focuses instead on reaching a political solution in Iraq, protecting our interests in the region, and bringing this war to a responsible end. The legislation commences redeployment of U.S. forces no later than May 1, 2007 with the goal of removing all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31, 2008, a date that is consistent with the expectation of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

This is a very big gamble by Obama, and it's clearly designed to put some heavy pressure on the other Dems in the primary to come up with something similar.

*That's not good news for him. I've never supported a presidential candidate that won.

By fnord12 | February 2, 2007, 4:41 PM | Liberal Outrage


Here's a winnable 2008 Democratic Ticket:

Clark Secretary of Defense
Richardson Secretary of State

I think it'd be really smart to actually announce your cabinet before the election. I.e., this is who I plan to nominate, you're voting for the whole team.

i used to think that too. actually i still do. but the reason they don't do it is they alienate potential high level supporters who think that by supporting a candidate they might get a cabinet position.

I hate politics