Friday, October 21, 2011

President announces withdrawal of soldiers from Iraq at end of year

President Barack Obama
Today President Obama announced the withdrawal of soldiers deployed in Iraq. Conservatives like John McCain are not pleased. Republicans want troops to stay in Iraq indefinitely. The majority of Americans want the soldier home and an end to the conflict.

 “As a candidate for president, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end, for the sake of our national security and to strengthen American leadership around the world,” Obama began. “After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by 2011. As Commander-in-Chief, ensuring the success of this strategy one of my highest national security priorities.

“Last year, I announced the end to our combat mission in Iraq, and to date we’ve removed more than 100,000 troops. Iraqis have taken full responsibility for their country’s security.
A few hours ago I spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. I reaffirmed that the United States keeps its commitments. He spoke of the determination of the Iraqi people to forge their own future. We are in full agreement about how to move forward.”

Some stats on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

Stats from ThinkProgress, October 21

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