August 25th, 2010
02:07 PM ET
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Obama to deliver Iraq address next Tuesday night

President Obama will deliver an Oval Office address Tuesday night.
President Obama will deliver an Oval Office address Tuesday night.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will deliver a major address on Iraq from the Oval Office next Tuesday night, according to the White House.

The speech, to be delivered at 8 p.m. ET, will last approximately 15 minutes. Obama's remarks will also touch on Afghanistan and the broader war against terrorism, the White House said.

Obama will likely visit a military base on Tuesday prior to delivering the address.

The August 31 speech is timed to coincide with the official end of the U.S. military's combat mission in Iraq. The total number of U.S. troops in Iraq has now fallen below 50,000 - the lowest level since the U.S-led invasion in 2003. The remaining American troops will train, assist and advise the Iraqis.

All American troops are scheduled to pull out at the end of 2011, though the Iraqi government could request that some of them remain.

Obama has delivered one previous Oval Office address, to signify the gravity of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in early June.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Buster

    OH GREAT, he is on tv again, will probably take credit for the troops leaving Iraq even though the time table for withdrawl of American combat troops was one of the last things finished before President Bush left office. The surge worked even though obama and biden stood on the senate floor and denounced it as unwinnable.

    August 25, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Angus McDugan

    Who wants to turn on the TV to watch Obama's parade of excuses and apologize?

    August 25, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. jpmichigan

    Please correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't it Biden and Obama that voted against the surge, which worked. Wasn't it President Bush who out lined the August 2010 pull out of the Magritte of combat troops out of Iraq? When convenient he brings up President Bush on issues he is failing at (stimulus money and jobs), but takes credit for things that he fought so hard against as Junior Senator.

    August 25, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Let's hope SEIU writes a good speech for him to deliver using his binkyprompter. It will be interesting to see how he avoids not mentioning his own negative speechifying and degrading of the "surge" and claim success. The only success he has had is in carrying out the Bush programs. Can hardly wait to hear his next pile of lies. Keep enjoying this "summer of prosperity."

    August 25, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    Another bore fest by Obama!!! He is trying to prop up Dems before November but it is way too late for that.. Change is just around the corner....

    August 25, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. independent minds want to know

    We'll see how honest and gracious Obama is in this speech. If he give credit to 1) the surge, 2) President Bush, 3) military commanders and soldiers, and 4) the Iraqi locals, then he is an honest man.

    If he brings up his administration in any form, then he is a fraud.

    (Again, Congress DEMOCRATS and Republicans voted us into this war.)

    August 25, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Thanks to President Obama for bringing over 100 thousand of the troops in Iraq home. Bush and his republican congress are responsible for the pre emptive Bush Doctrine and over $1.3 trillion in debt. Another accomplishment with no help from the 'bigoted uninformed slime that extremists represent' or (Buster) for short.

    August 25, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    The Commander in Chief should speak FIRST no the Iraq issue – NOT BOEHNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Boehner would NEVER do this if BUSH was in office at this time...

    Many may not agree on President Obama's policies – but he SHOULD get R-E-S-P-E-C-T!!!

    August 25, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    He is the Commander in Chief and Boehner and his Republican buddies have proven they have no respect for our brave military men and women who serve at his command.

    August 25, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. petey

    Fabulous – after voting down the 2008 Surge and declaring the war unwinnable he's going to take credit now. Nice attempt at deflection, but the economy is in the tank and nobody gives a rip about what he says on this matter.

    August 25, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    And the overserved minority leader in the house will deliver the republican rebuttal, "Hell no! We need another war to help our corporate interests. Bomb them in the name of Jesus."

    August 25, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. mj

    Can hardly wait. Maybe Obama can explain why US Troops can not have their votes counted, but we can print ballots in Spanish and have no problem . Our Troops are fighting for our freedom. They deserve the right to vote.

    August 25, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. jbNYC

    uhm.. uh.... ah.. hmmm... I was against it before I was for it!

    August 25, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Steve

    "American troops will train, assist and advise" hmm, seems like I've heard that one before. Like John said, it's Deja Vu all over again.

    August 25, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. jim

    He's working on his next Nobel Peace Prize.Never mind that he had nothing to do with the troops bein removed from Iraq. That was decided months before he became president but he'll take credit anyhow. The man has no shame!!!

    August 25, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Pat in Omaha

    Thank you, Mr. President! My prayer is that your patience and planning will eventually bring and end to this ugly chapter of our nations history and will allow the first steps needed for healing!

    August 25, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Who is That?

    What !!!! another Speech???

    August 25, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. TangledThorns

    Hey Obama, don't forget to praise Bush for his surge strategy that you said wouldn't work!

    August 25, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. This is a victory by Bush and McCain

    If President Teleprompter does not give credit to President Bush and John McCain for he surge, then he is a fraud/

    August 25, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Barry

    There is nothing he can say about Iraq that will benefit the President or the Democrats that are struggling to survive this fall. President Obama was against the surge they have the tapes, don't try and take credit for this people don't care anyway. Should have let this just go peacefully in the night. Nobody was giving this any attention. Spend the time focusing on Jobs, the Economy, and Deficit. That's what the American people are interested in. They don't want to hear about how Muslims should be able to build a Mosque near Ground Zero. They don't want to hear the blame Bush crap, they don't want to hear any of this crap. Stick to what has people scared which is the Jobs, Economy, deficit. The Republicans will take anything he says about Iraq and beat him with it and they will have the facts to do it. It was Bush's war from the beginning and the President opposed the surge that was what brought it under control. We already have to worry about it coming unraveled over there after so much has been made about us winning it. With countries like Iraq they may seem stable today and not tomorrow. if Iraq takes a turn for the worst it will stick to the President. Instead of declaring victory talk about how much it added to the deficit and how many American lives were lost. I don't think that is what he will do. We are so playing into the Republican's hands. I can't figure out why we are making it so easy for them.

    August 25, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Hammerer

    Oh wow!
    More from the teleprompter. Why not just sent an e-mail to all interested in obama's spill or better yet post the speach on facebook and anyone interested can read it at their leisure.
    Not that there would be a mass rush to see what spin he will try to sell this time.

    August 25, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Obama now owns Vietnam (oops - Afghanistan)

    President Oblamo now owns the conflict in Afghanistan. I am dying to hear why he is going to continue to spill American blood and spend taxpayer dollars to protect a corrupt government and literally guard and protect the world's largest heroin (poppy) producing country

    August 25, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Sunshine

    Not interested any more on what Obama has to say, He is nothing more than a liar and has no respect for the American people. I have to agree with Dan Quayle., What a mistake it was to elect Obama.

    August 25, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Shirley in California

    Looking forward to our president's speech. I'm sure it will be another intelligent moment to remember.

    To address those idiots who say "Bush isn't getting his credit". Credit for what? For causing the deaths of over 4,000 soldiers? Credit for depleting our life savings to help aide another country or best yet – credit for writing thousands of bounced checks on money he KNEW we didn't have? You people are amazing. IF Bush had not started this unnecessary war (Iraq) this country would be in amazing shape. Jobs would be booming, 401(s) would be doubled and lives would have been saved. I will give him credit for one thing though: credit for being consistently void of understanding. I for one did not have any problems financially under Bush and I am doing even better under Obama. I resent him for causing unnecessary lives to be lost. And for that, I will always resent him.

    August 25, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. seebofubar

    I'm tired of looking at this SOB's nostrels. Get your nose out of the air you arrogant fool!

    August 25, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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