Democrat Barack Obama on Wednesday called for completing a US withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2008 and said if elected president he would start an effort to help Iraqis bridge sectarian differences. "I am here to say that we have to begin to end this war now," the Illinois senator said in excerpts from a speech he was to deliver later in Iowa. The excerpts were released by his presidential campaign. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) listens to the testimony of U.S. Army General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington … [Read more...] about Obama says he would withdraw from Iraq by end-2008
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Editor’s Note:Dr. Terry F. Buss is a Fellow at the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. He wrote this op-ed exclusively for Tuoi Tre News. In his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama promised to improve diplomatic relations with Cuba and eliminate a 50 year long embargo. On Wednesday, Obama proclaimed that he was now going to reverse the failed U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba. Why, after nearly six years as president with about two years remaining in office and after a devastating loss of an election for his Democratic Party in November, has Obama concluded that now is the time to build ties with Cuba? The short answer: Obama is pursuing political ambitions in the U.S., rather than developing a sound policy on Cuba. Cuban economy in distress The Cuban economy is in distress. Many observers blame the U.S. embargo for Cuba’s decline. But the U.S. is the only country that has boycotted Cuba. The UK, Canada, EU, Brazil and others all trade … [Read more...] about Obama announces new sweeping policy on Cuba: Why now?
Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain courted Hispanic support on Saturday, and Obama accused his White House rival of backing away from comprehensive U.S. immigration reform under pressure from his party. In separate appearances before a group of Latino public officials, the two presidential contenders portrayed themselves as dedicated champions for Hispanics -- a fast-growing and critical swing voting bloc in November's election. Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain speaks to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) 25th Annual conference and political convention in Washington, DC, June 28, 2008. … [Read more...] about Obama, McCain spar over immigration
Presidential candidate Barack Obama travels to Berlin on Thursday to give the only public speech of a week-long foreign tour, an outdoor address on transatlantic ties that is likely to draw tens of thousands. Highly popular in Germany, where he is often likened to former President John F. Kennedy, the Democratic senator will also meet for the first time Chancellor Angela Merkel, who opposed his initial plan to speak at the Brandenburg Gate. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks to reporters on his plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 24, 2008. … [Read more...] about Obama speech expected to draw huge crowd in Berlin
President Barack Obama's convention evolution is complete. Eight years ago, the little-known Democrat rocketed into the political spotlight with a soaring convention keynote address. On Thursday and now the president, Obama took the stage fighting for his job. … [Read more...] about Obama’s convention evolution complete