Obama On The Surge

By Marc Ambinder

Sen. Barack Obama, commenting this morning on the surge and whether the signs of military successes warrant a reconsideration of his approach:

I didn't see the actual transcript of Sen. Clinton's speech, but my assessment is that if we put additional 30,000 of our outstanding troops into Baghdad that that's going to quell some of the violence in the short term. I don't think that there's any doubt that as long as U.S. troops are present that they are going to be doing outstanding work. It doesn't change the underlying assessment that there's not a military solution to the situation in Iraq. The underlying political dynamic has not changed. ... Until we begin a phased withdrawal, we're not going to get the kind of serious talks within Iraq and the region that are required.

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