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Iraq/Iran: Obama on Iran

Obama's interview with the New York Times: "In an hourlong interview on Wednesday, Mr. Obama made clear that forging a new relationship with Iran would be a major element of a broad effort to stabilize Iraq as he executed a speedy timetable for the withdrawal of American combat troops." Obama said "he would 'engage in aggressive personal

diplomacy'with Iran if elected president and would offer economic inducements and a possible promise not to seek 'regime change' if Iran stopped meddling in Iraq and cooperated on terrorism and nuclear issues."

More: "Through most of the interview, Mr. Obama spoke without referring to notes. At one point near the end of the session, he leaned forward in his chair and looked at a yellow legal pad on the table in front of him, which listed points where he believed he and Mrs. Clinton differ on how to go forward in Iraq. 'You don't want to look backwards, but obviously our general view about this mission as a whole has been very different,' Mr. Obama said. "She missed the strategic interests that should have dictated whether we went to Iraq in the first place or not.'"

Thirty Democratic senators "wrote to President Bush yesterday to tell him he has no congressional authority for war with Iran, sparking debate among the Democratic presidential candidates." Of the four Dem senators running, two signed the letter -- Clinton and Dodd -- and two didn't -- Biden and Obama. "Clinton's campaign accused Obama of playing politics by refusing to support the letter, which was circulated by Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. Instead, Obama introduced a measure yesterday to make the case in law, spokesman Bill Burton said."