CLINTON, Iowa – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama unveiled a new comprehensive plan for Iraq on Wednesday that features a call to pull out all U.S. combat troops by the end of 2008.
Recognizing that President Bush isn’t likely to follow his advice when he speaks to the nation tonight, Obama sought to position himself in the hearts and minds of Iowa Democrats as the leading get-out-of-Iraq-fast candidate for the presidential nomination.
The Illinois senator unveiled his plan at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, the state where the first votes to choose party presidential nominees will be cast in four months. End-the-war sentiments are strong among Iowa Democrats.
His new plan features four key points:
“Pull out U.S. combat troops immediately at a pace of one to two brigades per month, to be completed by the end of 2008.
“Organize a new constitutional convention in Iraq through the United Nations, and don’t let it adjourn until Iraqi leaders reach an accord on reconciliation. Obama said he wouldn’t force Iraq to partition itself into Sunni Muslim Arab, Shiite Muslim and Kurdish regions. “It must be their choice.”
“Step up diplomacy with all nations in the region to forge a new regional security compact.
“Take immediate steps to relieve the humanitarian disaster in Iraq, including allowing more Iraqi refugees into the U.S.