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Article posted on 08/30/10
Author: Allard Vanourman

President Obama Begins
the Perfunctory Peace Talks

Today on we are trending President Barrack Obama, and more specifically his efforts at restoring peace in the Middle East region. Tuesday night the president is scheduled to address the public regarding the hopeful withdrawal from a prolonged war in Iraq.

The next step in a delicate dance is the invitation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mamoud Abbas for individual meetings with President Obama, followed up by a joint dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On Mideast peace, the resumption of talks is itself a victory, but Clinton set a sober tone even in announcing them. "There have been difficulties in the past; there will be difficulties ahead," she told the AP. "We will hit more obstacles."

All U.S. troops are set to leave Iraq by the end of 2011. Until then, the mission of U.S. forces will be mainly to help and train Iraqi forces and take part in targeted counterterrorism missions. Obama is already framing the importance of the end of the combat mission as a promise kept.

"The bottom line is this: The war is ending. Like any sovereign, independent nation, Iraq is free to chart its own course," the president said over the weekend. "And by the end of next year, all of our troops will be home."

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