Last week I implored Barack Obama to step up on Iraq.
On Wednesday of this week, he will be doing just that.
Context and what to look for below the fold.
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An open letter to Senator Barack Obama from a supporter.
Senator Obama, in your short time in the public eye you have shown great wisdom, judgment, and vision. Your greatest strength is the ability to fuse pragmatism with idealism. This often means eschewing traditional showboating and playing for the cameras in order to build consensus that builds towards progressive goals.
However, no single approach works for every problem, and building consensus is not working on the problem of Iraq. There was a time for Congress to be the steering wheel of our Iraq policy. Now, someone needs to slam on the brakes.
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Ira Chernus, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has written probably the most sobering article I've yet seen about the prospects for the Iraq occupation, and what can be expected from Democratic presidential candidates.
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