"Obama Says Clinton War Plan 'Convoluted'"
LAS VEGAS -Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday that his top rival's attempt to pressure the Bush administration to end the war in Iraq is "a convoluted approach to the problem."
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to introduce an amendment repealing the congressional authorization for the war. It would require the president to seek new authority from Congress if he wanted to continue operations past Oct. 11, 2007, five years after initial authorization was given.
"If you simply repeal the language, then presumably you'd have to reauthorize something. You've got 150,000 troops over there and support personnel," Obama told The Associated Press in an interview after a campaign stop in Las Vegas.Obama called the Bush administration's foreign policy a "disaster" and said he wants to redeploy combat troops in Iraq by spring. He said he would not support leaving permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq because they would become a recruitment tool for terrorists by "fanning the flames of anti-American sentiment."
Later, Obama said he believed the U.S. had a "humanitarian obligation and national security interest in ensuring there's not a complete collapse in Iraq."He said if elected he would meet with military leaders to determine an exit strategy that would draw down combat troops in about a year.