Today we hear from those defeated terrorists again as we knew we would! At least 35 people were killed outside of an Iraqi army base Tuesday when two suicide bombers detonated their explosive-laden vests, officials said. The Interior Ministry said most of the casualties were army recruits, CNN said. Sixty-three other people were injured when the two, posing as army recruits, detonated devices outside the recruitment center at Saad military base in Baquba, Iraq, about 37 miles north of Baghdad in Diyala Province. The male bombers set off the explosives about 30 seconds apart in a crowd of more than 200 recruits, military officials said.
U.S. military officials said Tuesday they captured an Iranian-trained leader of an explosives cell in Baghdad. Officials said the man was suspected of overseeing "a network of explosives experts" and linked to attacks against Iraqi and coalition military bases. In Germany, three Iraqi men were convicted of plotting to kill a former Iraqi prime minister, CNN reported. The German federal prosecutor's office said the men were convicted of plotting to kill Ayad Allawi, Iraq's interim prime minister in 2004-05, and of being members of a terrorist organization, Ansar al-Islam, a radical Jihadist group. Defeated terrorists killing Iraqi troops on their own bases
Obama is right! It is time to withdraw, listen to Al-Maliki and the American people and withdraw to focus on worsening Afghanistan while we can! Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday will outline his strategy for dealing with the biggest threats facing the United States, which he says requires bringing the war in Iraq to an end, his campaign said. The speech on national security and the war in Iraq comes one day after he detailed his plan for the war-torn country in a New York Times op-ed. Sources familiar with Obama's plans said the candidate will travel to Iraq later this month with two Senate colleagues, Republican Chuck Hagel and Democrat Jack Reed.
"This war distracts us from every threat that we face and so many opportunities we could seize. This war diminishes our security, our standing in the world, our military, our economy, and the resources that we need to confront the challenges of the 21st century," Obama will say, according to excerpts of his prepared remarks. "By any measure, our single-minded and open-ended focus on Iraq is not a sound strategy for keeping America safe," Obama will say, according to excerpts of his prepared remarks.
In addition to ending the war, his plan for securing the country includes finishing the fight against Qaeda and the Taliban, securing nuclear weapons from rogue nations, reaching energy security and rebuilding our alliances "to meet the challenges of the 21st century," his campaign said. See where the candidates stand on Iraq. "In fact -- as should have been apparent to President Bush and Sen. McCain -- the central front in the war on terror is not Iraq, and it never was. That's why the second goal of my new strategy will be taking the fight to al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan," Obama is expected to say. "Sen. McCain said -- just months ago -- that 'Afghanistan is not in trouble because of our diversion to Iraq.' I could not disagree more," Obama will say. Obama rightly says Iraq is a dangerous distraction
I happen to believe Obama is right on! We should withdraw and refocus on Afghanistan while we can and it is right for him to say what he wants to do there before he goes to Iraq to in his own words find out if what he says is doable or needs fine tuning because of events on the ground! It is time the routine childish politics of Republicans is ignored and comes to an end. It serves their selfish interests but is harmful to America, the middle east, and the world, before it is too late. We need to get Obama elected in the fall and take back the entire Government if we are to have a future at all.