MANCHESTER , NH—In a major national security address today, U.S. Senator Barack Obama will outline his plan to end the war and his vision for what America can achieve once it turns the page in Iraq.
Obama, who opposed the war from the beginning, called for an end to the politics of division and conventional Washington thinking that first led us into Iraq,and said that ending the war is necessary to restore a sense of unity and common purpose among Americans as we face the many challenges that confront us at home and abroad.
Obama’s comprehensive plan to turn the page in Iraq has four parts:
1. 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.
2. He would call for a new constitutional conventionin Iraq, convened with the United Nations, which would not adjourn until Iraq’s leaders reach a new accord on reconciliation.
3. He would use presidential leadership to surge our diplomacy with all of the nations of the region on behalf of a new regional security compact.
4. He would take immediate steps to confront the humanitarian disaster in Iraq,and to hold accountable any perpetrators of war crimes.
The full Plan/Policy speech as delivered by Sen Obama by clicking HERE