Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama spoke to military families and officials in Fayetteville Wednesday morning about the war in Iraq and what his actions would be as president. An excerpt from his speech:
So when I am Commander-in-Chief, I will set a new goal on Day One: I will end this war. Not because politics compels it. Not because our troops cannot bear the burden– as heavy as it is. But because it is the right thing to do for our national security, and it will ultimately make us safer.
In order to end this war responsibly, I will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. We can responsibly remove 1 to 2 combat brigades each month.
If we start with the number of brigades we have in Iraq today, we can remove all of them 16 months. After this redeployment, we will leave enough troops in Iraq to guard our embassy and diplomats, and a counter-terrorism force to strike al Qaeda if it forms a base that the Iraqis cannot destroy. What I propose is not – and never has been – a precipitous drawdown. It is instead a detailed and prudent plan that will end a war nearly seven years after it started.
The Herald will have coverage of today’s speech in Thursday’s edition. Meanwhile, click the following links for more coverage:
• Complete transcript of Obama’s speech in Fayetteville
• Gordon Anderson’s blog: Gordon was in Fayetteville today for Obama’s speech.
• CNN’s coverage of today’s speech.