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The LA Times headline: Time to make candidates answer on Iraq.
I can't argue against that. But in some instances the details they claim aren't available actually are - if you know where to look.
For instance, this quote from the story: "Neither of the candidates really has been pushed to say what he would do about the 4 million displaced Iraqis" may be true insofar as "neither candidate has been pushed" - but Barack Obama has in fact included his solution to that issue in his overall Iraq policy:
He would increase American investments in Iraq's refugees and internally displaced people and to the neighboring countries that house them to at least $2 billion. He would work with Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt to dramatically increase access to social services for refugees.Most guesses place the vast majority of refugees who've left Iraq in Syria, where 2 billion dollars can provide significant social services. (We've been following the refugee issue here.)
Then he'd toss the current constitution of Iraq, and let the UN help create a new one:
Obama has a plan to immediately begin withdrawing our troops engaged in combat operations at a pace of one or two brigades every month, to be completed by the end of next year. He would call for a new constitutional convention in Iraq, convened with the United Nations, which would not adjourn until Iraq's leaders reach a new accord on reconciliation.
The Iraqi Government sues U.N. over oil for food program.
Official spokesman for the Iraqi government Dr. Ali Aldabagh announced that the Iraqi government is filling law suites against individuals and companies involved in corruption and bribery in the “oil for food” program. This program has suffered large scandalous corruption and mismanagement. Many have collaborated with the Sadam regime by inflating pieces of goods and selling expired medication etc…., bribery schemes and supplying sub standard material in return for large bribes and pay backs.