Saturday, February 28, 2009

Reaction And Commentary To President Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Decision

President Barack Obama shakes hands with troops and civilians during his visit to Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 27, 2009. Obama was on Camp Lejeune to discuss current policies and an exit strategy from Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael J. Ayotte

Soldiers in Iraq React Cautiously to Obama Deadlines for Troop Withdrawal -- New York Times

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq — Soldiers here at this dusty base in one of Iraq’s most volatile provinces knew that at some point, the American war would end, but few here said they thought it would happen anywhere close to the deadline President Obama announced Friday.

“At some point, we have to draw a line,” Sgt. First Class Michael C. Miller said as he waited, for hours, for a helicopter ride that never came because of winds that churned fine dust into the sky. “But I still think they need our help.”

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More Reaction To President Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Decision

Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq -- Small Wars Journal
Iraq welcomes Obama plan but still needs US help -- AFP
Iraqi PM says his security forces ready -- AP
Iraqi leaders welcome U.S. troop withdrawal plan -- CNN
Broad support for Obama Iraq plan -- BBC
Consensus emerges in Congress for Obama Iraq plan -- AP
Obama's Iraq plan draws fire from Left -- Yahoo News/AFP
Democrats Dismayed by Obama's Decision to Leave Troops in Iraq -- The Times
In twist, Obama wins GOP praise, Democrats’ censure on Iraq plan -- Philadelphia Free Press
In twist, GOP likes Obama's Iraq plan, Democrats don't -- Yahoo News/McClatchy newspapers
Iraq’s Year of Living Dangerously -- Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, Brookings opinion
An unnecessary gamble in Iraq -- The Guardian opinion
Time for Iraq -- Washington Post editorial
Iraq's Reality on the Ground -- John Barry, Newsweek
Obama and Iraq: Shades of Bush -- Christian Brose, Foreign Policy
Obama's Plan for Iraq -- Washington Post opinion

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