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Obama concerned with slow pace of reconciliation in Iraq

When I read this story, I thought the answer was obvious.

U.S. concerns over the slow pace of political, religious and ethnic reconciliation in Iraq are expected to dominate President Barack Obama’s talks at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

I thought candidate Obama always said things were moving too slowly in Iraq because we weren’t pulling out quickly enough, forcing them to stand on their own two feet and solve their own problems. So shouldn’t President Obama say that he’s so concerned about this slow pace that he’s stepping up the pace of the pullout? I thought he had great plans that would make all this stuff simple.