Today Barack Obama is unveiling a plan to “turn the page” in Iraq. Ironically (but perhaps not accidentally), he will be doing so from Clinton, Iowa.
Here is the four point plan:
- Obama would immediately begin to pull out troops engaged in combat operations at a pace of one or two brigades every month, to be completed by the end of next year.
- He would call for a new constitutional convention in Iraq, convened with the United Nations, which would not adjourn until Iraq’s leaders reach a new accord on reconciliation.
- He would use presidential leadership to surge our diplomacy with all of the nations of the region on behalf of a new regional compact.
- He would take immediate steps to confront the humanitarian disaster in Iraq, and to hold accountable any perpetrators of war crimes.
Obama’s supporters have been frustrated by his inability to gain ground on Clinton on the Iraq issue, even though he was opposed to the war from the beginning and she voted for the war. Let’s see if this latest approach is successful.