The New York Sun reports:
A key adviser to Senator Obama’s campaign is recommending in a confidential paper that America keep between 60,000 and 80,000 troops in Iraq as of late 2010, a plan at odds with the public pledge of the Illinois senator to withdraw combat forces from Iraq within 16 months of taking office.The rest of the Sun's story's here.
The paper, obtained by The New York Sun, was written by Colin Kahl for the center-left Center for a New American Security. In “Stay on Success: A Policy of Conditional Engagement,” Mr. Kahl writes that through negotiations with the Iraqi government “the U.S. should aim to transition to a sustainable over-watch posture (of perhaps 60,000–80,000 forces) by the end of 2010 (although the specific timelines should be the byproduct of negotiations and conditions on the ground).”
Mr. Kahl is the day-to-day coordinator of the Obama campaign’s working group on Iraq. A shorter and less detailed version of this paper appeared on the center’s Web site as a policy brief. ...
Most Americans understand why its essential to our national security that we have a military presence in
We also understand why contingency planning of the type found in the Kahl paper is necessary for a political leader who has some chance of becoming President next January.
And we understand why Senator Obama is promising to withdraw all troops from
I just wish on such an important matter, Obama wouldn't pander to win his party's nomination.
Obama’s promise to withdraw from