Tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. EDT, I will address the nation from the Oval Office about the end of the war in Iraq.
We are at a truly historic moment in our nation’s history. After more than seven years, our combat mission in Iraq will end tomorrow.
As both a candidate and President, I promised to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. Now, we are taking an important step forward in delivering on that promise. Since I took office, we’ve brought nearly 100,000 U.S. troops home from Iraq, millions of pieces of equipment have been removed, and hundreds of bases have been closed or transferred to Iraqi Security Forces.
Our combat mission in Iraq is ending, but our commitment to an Iraq that is sovereign, stable and self-reliant continues. As our mission in Iraq changes, 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces as they assume full responsibility for the security of their country on September 1. We will forge a strong partnership with an Iraq that still faces enduring challenges.
For nearly a decade, we have been a nation at war. The war in Iraq has at times divided us. But one thing I think all Americans can agree on is that our brave men and women in uniform are truly America’s finest. They have put their lives on the line and endured long separations from their family and loved ones.
All Americans owe our troops, veterans and military families a debt of gratitude for their outstanding service to our nation. Over the past few days, thousands of Americans have taken part in our Saluting Service in Iraq effort on WhiteHouse.gov, sending their messages of thanks and support to our troops.
Take a minute right now to see what your fellow Americans have to say and add a message of your own:
Supporting our troops and military families is the responsibility of all Americans. My Administration is doing everything in its power to ensure that our troops, veterans and their families have the support they need as they serve, and the care and opportunities they need to realize their dreams when they return home.
I hope you will join me in welcoming our troops home and showing your gratitude for their heroic service.
President Barack Obama
now he's just gotta stop bombing Pakistan, and end the war in Afghanistan and he'll have actually EARNED his peace prize.
Tonight President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. EDT regarding the end of the war in Iraq. I know many Americans have questions about our change in mission in Iraq, so immediately following the President's address, I will be hosting a live chat to answer your questions.
You can submit your questions and vote for your favorites now, and be sure to tune to WhiteHouse.gov/live at 8 p.m. EDT to watch the President's address.
I'm looking forward to answering your questions later this evening.
Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications
He said he is going to end the Afhghan war too.......
Said the right things about Iraq, imo.
....but.....it's those dam huge embassy's that bother me.
It would appear that we are ending the Iraqi War in the same way we started the Vietnam War....with a bunch of advisors and support personnel. Is the war really over? Let's ask the 50 thousand personnel left behind two months from now.
To start a war, ignorance is enough.
But to end a war, intelligence is a must.
History will remember Mr.Obama for ever.
Better he gets away from Afganistan also.
by mortimerjackson 6 years ago
Despite what Obama's press secretary might tell you, the only reason that America is leaving Iraq is because of a declaration signed by George Bush saying that America will leave by 2011. Obama insisted upon staying in Iraq, but the Iraqi government has refused to grant US troops immunity for their...
by theirishobserver. 8 years ago
Good afternoon,Shortly after taking office, I put forward a plan to end the war in Iraq responsibly. Today, I'm pleased to report that -- thanks to the extraordinary service of our troops and civilians in Iraq -- our combat mission will end this month, and we will complete a substantial drawdown of...
by retief2000 4 years ago
Does Obama own the coming Iraqi Islamic Republic?Obama claimed victory in Iraq. Iraq is teetering on the brink of a civil war that Muslim extremists will win. Does Obama own the collapse of Iraq since he has removed all American troops and declared victory in Iraq?
by My Esoteric 4 years ago
One of President Bush's arguments for invading Iraq was the strong Hussain-al Qaeda connection. The anti-Iraq invasion group said there was only very skimpy evidence of that and much stronger evidence that such an arrangement couldn't exist;. After several extensive post-war...
by Leslie McCowen 4 years ago
I would personally like to thank Prez Obama for NOT taking us back into war. Anyone join me?I am constantly worried, with the spy-ops....oooops, psy-ops, we have thrown at us, and the huge media conglomerate who always gives front and center stage to war-mongering idiots. No More! Our kids deserve...
by theirishobserver. 8 years ago
Good morning, This Tuesday, after more than seven years of war, President Obama will end the United States' combat mission in Iraq. While the war in Iraq has at times been a divisive issue for Americans, one common belief has always remained: Our nation has a sacred obligation to our troops and the...
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