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**Phaseout Solvency** Signaling CP sends a crucial signal for withdrawal Phyllis Bennis , a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Accessed July 2010 , “Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Plan and the Peace Movement,” Peace Action, http://www.ncpeaceaction.org/resources/obama-iraq-withdrawl-and-peace-movement.html While he laid out partial versions of some of these issues (withdrawa l and oil), others (mercenaries and bases) were left out entirely. And at the end of the day, President Obama did not make a single real commitment to meeting our definition of ending the wa r. As the New York Times columnist Bob Herbert described Obama's plan for Iraq and Afghanistan, "we're committed to these two conflicts for a good while yet, and there is nothing like an etched-in-stone plan for concluding them." Understanding all the problems, limitations, and dangers of President Obama's speech is crucial. (For a fuller analysis of the dangers in Obama's speech, see my February 26th talking points - http://www.ips-dc.org/articles/1117.) But understanding those limitations does not tell us how to respond to this new moment , a moment when the president of the United States is telling Americans that he is ending the war, that he intends to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq, telling Iraqis that the U.S. "pursues no claim on your territory or your resources," and telling the world that the U.S. plans to engage with everybody in the region including Iran and Syria. We may - we must - understand all the reasons that those words don't constitute a firm commitment. But the reality is that the vast majority of people hearing those words, who already believe in what those words should mean, will assume President Obama means the same thing they do. That perception provides a huge opportunity for the peace movement . And it is for that reason that the assertions in his speech remain contested terrain.
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WNDI 2010 3 Andy & Jimi Topic PICs Afghanistan (1/3) Phased withdrawal is key to Afghan stability – alliance building and interest maintenance BEN FELLER , 12/10/ 09 , “Obama: Afghanistan Troop Drawdown Won't Be Steep, Aid Will Continue For Years,” Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/10/obama- afghanistan-troop-d_n_386938.html President Barack Obama said Thursday that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, set to start in 19 months, will be gradual and U.S. aid to that nation will last for years. "We're not going to see some sharp cliff , some precipitous drawdown," Obama told reporters in Oslo, where he traveled to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. The president said he is sticking to his plan to start the drawdown in July 2011, but he signaled that the United States will help Afghanistan train its security forces and develop its economy for some time . "Several years after U.S. combat troops have been drastically reduced in the region," he said, " the Afghanistan government is still going to need support for those security forces.
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