[Marxism] Obama calls for pullout in Iraq

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 21 11:25:25 MST 2006

Trying to position himself ahead of the massive anti-war sentiment
which drove the Republicans out of control of the Congress, the new
media-designated star of the Democratic Party is being presented in
the media as calling for an Iraq withdrawal. However, his is evidently
not a real anti-war position because he favors sending them to help
prop up another U.S.-installed regime - in Afghanistan. None of the
Democrats seem to grasp the obvious fact that people don't like
liberators who come bearing bayonets, shooting their people down
in the streets and even shooting their own soldiers down and then
covering it up (Pat Tillman). While the call by Obama for withdrawal
"in the next four to six months" can help to legitimize discussion of
immediate withdrawal, the only real solution, it's quite a sign of the
times that some Dumbocrats, unlike Liberman, Hillary Clinton, etc.,
are trying to position themselves ahead of the big anti-war majority.

Also interesting is his indication of support for talk with both Iran and
Syria. Iranian President Ahmadinejad has just invited the Iraq and
Syrian governments to visit Tehran over the weekend to discuss a
resoluton of the Iraq civil war. Syria's Foreign Minister has been in
Baghad now that Syria has normalized relations with the regime in
Iraq. Bush seems to be waiting for a decision on whether or not to
talk to the Iranians from the new Baker-Hamilton commission and
all of this is happening as the world wonders if Washington will go
after Iran, or green-light an Israeli strike on Iran. And Kissinger
told the BBC Sunday, in remarks broadcast all over the world,
that no possibility of military victory for the US exists in Iraq now.

Democracy Now had a terrific discussion of this with Seymour
Hersh who has a piece on it in the current issue of the New Yorker:

Ahmadinejad invites Iraq and Syria to summit (Guardian):

US-Russia rift widening, despite pact:

Hu: Patience 'key to resolving' nuclear issues

Washington is more and more and more and more isolated in the
world today. You don't need a meteorologist to know which way
the wind blows. No matter where they turn, their advances are
being spurned. Thousands are protesting against Bush today in
Indonesia. Hey there, Bush, you can't hide...

Walter Lippmann
Los Angeles.


Obama calls for pullout in Iraq
By P.J. Huffstutter
Times Staff Writer

November 21, 2006

CHICAGO — Sen. Barack Obama, the popular Illinois Democrat who is
considering a run for the White House, said Monday that the U.S.
should start withdrawing troops from Iraq in the next four to six
months, redeploy some forces to Afghanistan and bolster efforts to
train Iraqi police.

Obama criticized President Bush for pushing forward with a war that
"would require an occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined
cost, with undetermined consequences."

He also noted that a bipartisan congressional effort was needed to
"reassert our authority to oversee the management of this war" and
retain better oversight over military expenditures.

He suggested that the U.S. would benefit from improved diplomacy with
Iran and Syria and that all withdrawal timetables should be tied to the 
advice of U.S. commanders on the ground.

"I believe that it remains possible to salvage an acceptable outcome
to this long and misguided war," Obama said to a rapt audience of
1,400 at a meeting of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. "But it
will not be easy. For the fact is that there are no good options left
in this war."

The speech was similar to one he gave here nearly a year ago. 
The council has become a stumping ground for politicians wanting to
highlight their views on foreign policy.

In 2005, though, only a few hundred curious observers gathered to
hear the freshman senator.

"As the size of this crowd attests, the interest in hearing Sen.
Obama's views is now greater, much greater," council president
Marshall M. Bouton told Obama. "So is interest in your possible run
for the presidency for the United States of America."

But Obama avoided addressing that possibility, even when two audience
members asked him about it after the speech.

Instead, he focused on the results of the recent midterm elections,
describing them as a public repeal of White House policies.The war
has created a dangerous culture of global isolationism among
Americans, he said.

"We need to maintain a strong foreign policy, relentless in pursuing
our enemies and hopeful in promoting our values around the world,"
Obama said.

A Harvard-educated attorney and longtime Illinois resident who
practiced civil rights law, Obama rose to national prominence after
delivering an electrifying keynote address at the Democratic National
Convention in 2004. He won the Senate seat that November with 70% of
the vote.

Now the 45-year-old junior senator has emerged as a promising
presidential candidate that neither the press nor the public can get
enough of.

He's been mobbed by fans while touring to promote his new book, "The
Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream." Time
magazine put him on its cover, next to a headline that read, "Why
Barack Obama Could Be The Next President." Oprah Winfrey said she'd
vote for him — even though he hasn't announced his intention to run.

Recent polls have showed Obama following Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
(D-N.Y) as a favored Democratic presidential nominee, edging out
former Vice President Al Gore and former Sen. John Edwards of North

"On the plus side, Obama's a fresh face and he's lived the American
dream," said Dennis Goldford, politics professor at Drake University
in Des Moines. "On the down side, it shows how thin the Democratic
bench is and the old faces all have a lot of baggage."

Dozens of people at Monday's event in the Hilton Chicago clutched
copies of Obama's book. Sharon Russell, an accountant who lives in
Gary, Ind., took a vacation day and paid a $100 entrance fee to see

"I wanted to have a chance to see the man I think will be our next
president in person," said Russell, 52. "I think he'd make an
excellent leader, at a time when this country really needs one."

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