Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Obama: Sadr, Sunnis Responsible for Surge Success

Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama continued Tuesday to downplay the results of the so-called troop surge in Iraq, telling CBS News that while he credits the surge with helping to reduce violence in Iraq it “doesn’t meet our long-term strategic goal.”

Obama said the surge is just one of several factors that has helped reduce violence.

“There is no doubt that the extraordinary work of our U.S. forces has contributed to a lessening of the violence, just as making sure that the Sadr militia stood down or the fact that the Sunni tribes decided to flip and work with us instead of with Al Qaeda,” he said.

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