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Obama Faces Challenges in Iraq Speech

Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010 08:50 AM


The Obama administration is going all out on Iraq today.
Vice President Biden has just arrived in the country. The president will pay a call on troops home from Iraq at Ft. Bliss in Texas before returning to Washington for an Oval Office address that is promised to turn the page from Iraq to Afghanistan.

There are three major political problems for Obama in his Iraq gambit, Fox News reports.
First, the war is not over and turning the page before the story is told could be a big mistake. Second, Obama's rise to power was built largely on his opposition to the war. Third, it is not the subject in which Americans are interested.

There's nothing magical about today's date. If the Iraq invasion was George W. Bush's "war of opportunity" this is Obama's speech of opportunity. Though the last brigade dubbed "combat" has left the nation, there are still 50,000 U.S. troops and tens of thousands of contractors in the country. Special forces are still running missions, troops are still getting killed and lots of resources are still going there. The Aug. 31 deadline was Obama's pledge to end "combat operations," but the situation on the ground seems little changed.

Many Iraq experts are warning that the spike in violence there will only get worse and that the possibility that the nation, under heavy influence from neighboring Iran, could quickly devolve as U.S. forces leave over the next year. There is no government because of disputed election results and surveys and first-hand accounts show Iraqis are worried about what comes next.

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