Obama undertakes fragile segue from war to peace talks
In his address tonight, the president will explain the new U.S. role in Iraq as he prepares for Mideast negotiations.
Straddling war and peace, President Barack Obama is about to formally end the divisive U.S. combat role in Iraq and restart talks between Israelis and Palestinians — a moment defined more by relief and hope than triumph.
Obama will tell the nation tonight from the Oval Office that the U.S. role in Iraq has changed for good, with the remaining U.S. troops to play a supporting role to Iraqi forces. It will be a milestone with no celebration in a still unresolved war, one that continues years longer and at greater cost than most Americans ever imagined.
The next day, Obama will make his largest investment of political capital to date in the trying Mideast peace process. He will welcome Israeli