Obama un­der­takes frag­ile segue from war to peace talks

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By BEN FELLER

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

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