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July 16, 2008 |  Print  Your Opinion  

Barack Obama Speech

Withdrawal from Iraq and Reorientation of National Security Priorities

Barack Obama Speech: “I will give our military a new mission on my first day in office: ending this war. (…) Let me be clear: We must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. We can safely redeploy our combat brigades at a pace that would remove them in 16 months.”

You can read the full text of Senator Barack Obama’s speech "New Strategy for a New World" or watch the video below:


For some criticism of Senator Obama's Iraq plan, incl. comments from Senator McCain and Brookings fellow Michael O'Hanlon, watch this Reuters video:





The Atlantic Community editorial team has summarized the most promising plans drawn up by policy makers and think tankers across the US, incl. the plans favored by Obama, McCain, and O'Hanlon: Iraq: Who's Got the Best Plan?

Those plans were sent to European policy experts. We asked them for their opinion on possible ways forward in Iraq. Respondents from ten different countries provided some surprising results: Europeans Want America to Stay in Iraq.

There was also a consensus among those European analysts that a Premature US Withdrawal Could Threaten Europe. European terrorism, state collapse, higher oil prices, and increased American isolationism were just some of the likely scenarios.

Noting the high stakes for the continent and its limited capabilities, the European analysts suggest that Europe should pursue different policies to the US or make its support dependent on more involvement in the decision-making process: Europe Should Help Iraq, But Not Follow US Lead.

What are your views on Barack Obama's plan for Iraq and his intention to reorient America's national security priorities?

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