Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Barack Obama speaking on markup:

Notes that neither Rice nor the President can cite any consequences for a lack of success. Withdrawal is the only leverage they have.

Obama notes that it seems like "the only choices are more troops or the status quo." But "the essential question is, how can we genuinely change the course in Iraq?"

The answer he gives is a phased redeployment of troops.

He responds to the criticism from the administration that a precipitous withdrawal would lead to chaos.

"It already is chaos."

"Second, nobody has called immediate withdrawal of all the troops."

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