Statement on Iraq 08-07-14

 Posted by at 21:47  Iraq, Politics
Aug 072014
 

President Obama addressed the nation this evening about the current situation in Iraq. He has authorized aid to the victims of the terrorist group currently taking control of much of that nation and has also authorized “limited” air strikes against those terrorists if the safety of United States personnel is threatened.

Under no circumstances, he stated, will there again be U.S. “boots on the ground.” We will not fight another war in Iraq.

The full transcript of the President’s statement follows the break.

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Failure in Iraq

 Posted by at 15:25  Politics
Jun 132014
 

By now you must be aware that the Bush administration’s nation building project in Iraq has failed miserably. Of course, the Republican war hawks are all screaming for us to send our troops back into that country. Grandpa McCain even went so far as to demand that Bush’s band of neocons be placed back in charge. President Obama had this to say about the situation today…

Basically, we are willing to help the Iraqis if they are willing to help themselves. We are not going to spend our lives and our treasure (again) just to shore up a dysfunctional government.

Welcome Home

 Posted by at 19:35  Iraq, Politics
Dec 142011
 

President and Mrs. Obama traveled to Fort Bragg, North Carolina today to welcome the troops home from Iraq…

George W. Bush’s War in Iraq is finally over.

The complete transcript of the President’s and First Lady’s remarks follow the break.

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Iraq War ending

 Posted by at 14:26  Middle East, Politics
Oct 212011
 

It’s been a long, long time since George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. Today, President Obama announced that we are ending our engagement in Iraq. All of our troops will be home by the end of this year. Bush’s War is finally winding down.

Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq—tens of thousands of them—will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. The last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq—with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end.

Full transcript follows the break.

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Aug 282010
 

“The End of Combat Operations in Iraq”

From the White House weblog:

With the end of combat operations in Iraq days ahead, the President salutes our troops for their service and pledges to fulfill America’s commitment to them as veterans. 90,000 troops have left Iraq since the President came into office, and by the end of next year even the troops taking part in the non-combat mission will be home. The administration is upholding the sacred trust with our veterans by building a 21st century VA, making it easier for veterans with PTSD to receive the benefits they need, funding and implementing a Post-9/11 GI Bill, and devoting new resources to job training and placement to help those veterans looking for work in a tough economy.

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The transcript of the president’s weekly address, as prepared for delivery, is available after the break.

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May 012009
 

May 1 shall forever be known as Mission Accomplished Day.

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It was six years ago today that George W. Bush declared combat operations over in Iraq. The United States was victorious. (That wouldn’t be one of those teleprompter thingies I see in that photograph, would it?)

Today in Iraq…

April deadliest month for US in Iraq in 7 months

BAGHDAD (AP) – The U.S. death toll for April rose to 18, the military said Friday, making it the deadliest in seven months for American forces in Iraq. The sharp increase from the previous month came as a series of bombings also pushed Iraqi deaths to their highest level this year.

In the latest violence, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a restaurant on the reservoir of Iraq’s largest dam near the northern city of Mosul. At least five people were killed and 10 wounded, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials…

Two U.S. Marines and one sailor were killed Thursday while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, according to a statement. Anbar is a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad that has been relatively calm since Sunni tribal leaders turned against al-Qaida in Iraq.

The U.S. military did not give further details about the attack but said the Americans were providing requested support to Iraqi forces when it occurred.

The attack raised to at least 18 the number of American troops deaths in April, double the nine killed in March, which was the lowest since the war began in March 2003.

That made April the deadliest month for U.S. forces since September, when 25 American troops died.

April also saw the most troops killed in combat so far this year, as opposed to other causes. Thirteen of last month’s 18 deaths were in combat compared with four among the nine in March.

In all, at least 4,281 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began, according to an Associated Press count.

Civilian deaths in Iraq in April were also higher than previous months following a series of high-profile bombings.

At least 371 Iraqis were killed – in addition to 80 Iranian pilgrims – in violence in April, compared with 335 Iraqis killed in March, 288 in February and 242 in January, according to an AP tally.

George W. Bush’s War of Choice continues.

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(Ah, the memories.)
 

Obama in Iraq

 Posted by at 11:42  Iraq, Politics
Apr 072009
 

President Obama made a surprise visit to the troops in Iraq today. Unfortunately, like George W. Bush, he had to arrive under the cover of secrecy and extremely tight security. Unlike Mr. Bush, he arrived in the light of day and without a plastic turkey.

Obama Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq

BAGHDAD — President Obama made an unannounced trip Tuesday to Baghdad, punctuating his week-long overseas trip with a stop to talk to American troops and Iraqi leaders.

Mr. Obama told American troops gathered at Camp Victory military base that it was time for Iraqis to “take responsibility for their country,” winning enthusiastic applause.

“You have given Iraq the opportunity to stand on its own as a democratic country,” the president said. “That is an extraordinary achievement.”

Mr. Obama’s trip here was his first since becoming president. Mr. Obama opposed the war and has quickly moved to reshape it since his inauguration, announcing plans to draw down troops as he begins to shift the military’s focus to the troubled war in Afghanistan.

Although violence has dropped substantially in Iraq in recent months, Mr. Obama’s visit came a day after at least 33 people died in six car bombings. On Tuesday, another car bomb blew up in Baghdad; a police official said that eight people were killed.

Air Force One landed at Baghdad International Airport under heavy security at 4:42 in the afternoon after military officials shut down the airport. Mr. Obama then traveled by car to Camp Victory, a sprawling base near the Baghdad International Airport. About 300 troops, standing about 5 to 8 deep, saluted Mr. Obama on the ride to the camp.

Mr. Obama had planned to take a helicopter from the airport into the city to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, but poor weather conditions canceled the trip. Officials said that Mr. Maliki would travel to Camp Victory to meet with Mr. Obama.

President Obama addressed the troops inside a marble hall at the center of a Saddam-era palace on the base, a enormous sandstone-colored two-story building on a manmade lake. Scores of troops held digital cameras above their heads, snapping pictures and recording video.

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UPDATE: Video added:

OOPS! Wrong video! Here you go:

A transcript of the President’s remarks follows the break.

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Iraq withdrawal plans

 Posted by at 13:28  Democrats, Iraq, Politics
Feb 272009
 

President Barack Obama today announced his plans to end George W. Bush’s War in Iraq. He plans to have all combat troops out of that country by August 31, 2010 and all remaining troops out by the end of 2011…

The full text of the president’s speech at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina may be read after the fold.

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