Obama on Iraq: Troops home by March 2008

His proposal beats Clinton's by nearly a year.

Published January 31, 2007 2:46PM (EST)

Hillary Clinton said over the weekend that George W. Bush has a responsibility to "extricate" the country from Iraq by the time he leaves office in January 2009. In what seems more and more like a game of political one-upsmanship, Barack Obama introduced legislation Tuesday that would set a goal of removing all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by March 31, 2008.

In an interview with the New York Observer, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Joseph Biden complains that Clinton, Obama and John Edwards are all playing politics with the war now. "Let me put it this way," Biden says. "You didn't hear any one of them get in this debate at all until they announced for President."

Biden filed papers for his own presidential run today.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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