Obama: 'America's war in Iraq will be over'
October 21st, 2011
12:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama: 'America's war in Iraq will be over'

(CNN) – "After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over," President Barack Obama said Friday in announcing the full withdrawal of U.S. troops by the end of the year.

The new partnership with Iraq will be "strong and enduring," after U.S. troops leave the country, Obama said.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The only reason people voted for Bush's war, is that they were lied to by the president of the United States.

    October 21, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Here it is whiners – haters – liars
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    President Barack Obama said Friday he's dispatching roughly 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to help battle the Lord's Resistance Army, which the administration accuses of a campaign of murder, rape and kidnapping children that spans two decades.

    In a letter to Congress, Obama said the troops will act as advisers in efforts to hunt down rebel leader Joseph Kony but will not engage in combat except in self-defence.

    Pentagon officials said the bulk of the U.S. contingent will be special operations troops, who will provide security and combat training to African units.

    October 21, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Dan wrote:
    Lets see now. Obama has broken many of his campaign promises including the one in 2008 when he told the American people he would be begin removing troops immediately once he becomes president and remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months. Hmmmmm, don't think that happened, nope, he just got us involved in Libya. If this guy was telling me the sun was shining I would go outside and look for myself just to be sure.
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    Uh, I think the promise was that the troop withdrawal would *begin* within 16 months and be completed before the end of his first term. You also overlook the fact that the Iraqi government asked the US to stay a bit longer and signed a different agreement to that effect, just as they declined to renew the agreement to keep forces beyond the end of this year.

    Oh, I see your Solyndra and raise you a Black Water.

    October 21, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Happy days are here again! Thank you President Obama.

    October 21, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Republicans hate people but love $$$$$$

    October 21, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Right about now, CNN will bring out McCain, and he will give his 'gloom and doom' scenario.

    October 21, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. bill

    This withdrawal was set in 2008.

    October 21, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Anita

    Can't humanity rejoice in anything anymore????? Someone's son or daughter ~ someone's dad or mom ~ someone's brother or sister or aunt or uncle or cousin or best friend will soon be out of harm's way. Why can't that joy be all that matters & forget about political-bashing for now? My prayers are with EVERY family who has someone very special who is serving in our armed forces. Thank you for your sacrifices and God bless.

    October 21, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. NYCitizen

    @ GI Jose: Republicand don't hate people....they just loathe free-loaders!

    October 21, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Well, well..

    Pa Mom, your white hood is showing. Can this man do anything right?? Darned if he does, darned if he doesn't. Get over it. What a bitter life you must lead.

    October 21, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dan:

    Believe what you will. Not my concern.

    October 21, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    To bill who said the withdrawal was set in 2008. Evidently McCain did not get that memo when he was running for president, because he talked of a presence in Iraq for a hundred years.

    October 21, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. jsmoulder

    Yes the withdrawal was set in 2008, but tasking is still sending troops there next year, hope that changes before then. If not it is just another lie from this president

    October 21, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Phil in KC

    So, to recap, under Obama, the Iraq war has ended, Khaddaffi has been defeated, Osama Bin Laden and a number of senior Al-Qaeda leaders have been killed. The Republicans would call that a good first term – if it were one of their own.

    October 21, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Peggy - Tx

    RE: Pa Mom

    Clearly you are nuts and probably racist. Not b.c you crticised a black Pres, but b/c you are so overtly and irrationally concerned the tropps will go to Africa.

    Just b/c you have a brother and sister that are vets, does not bestow any special knowledge on your part. I suggest that you stop watching Faux news and get a life.

    October 21, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Dan

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Dan, get a life. No one believes you.
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    OUCH, not that one hurt. (Not) And I do have a life and part of that life is working unlike people like you that suck the teat of the government so now that my lunch is just about over I must return to work so I can give some of my hard earned money (taxes) to the government so they can turn around and give it to someone that sits and post on CNN.com all day.

    October 21, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. vet in texas

    great news, Essayons America!

    now lets get on with our lives, and get treatment for our wounds be it phyical or mental!

    October 21, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Corporations R. People II

    Phil in KC

    So, to recap, under Obama, the Iraq war has ended, Khaddaffi has been defeated, Osama Bin Laden and a number of senior Al-Qaeda leaders have been killed. The Republicans would call that a good first term – if it were one of their own.

    October 21, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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    Right on point. Chalk up another promise kept.
    Walk the walk Barack.

    October 21, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Lizzie

    GI Joe, just because we the 53% don't agree with you, and work every day to pay our bills, so you can sit back and wait for redistribution of wealth, does not make us hate and love $$$$$. Where will you be when Iran takes over in Iraq? They have waited long enough for that day. Where were you the day of 9/11 and after, with the admin. to get the people responsible or were you one of those who said they deserved to die.

    October 21, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    NYCitizen wrote:
    @ GI Jose: Republicand don't hate people....they just loathe free-loaders!
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    Democrats do not like free-loaders, either.

    If anyone needed evidence that the political ideological compass in this country is shifting from a horizontal left/right or east/west orientation to an up/down or north/south orientation, then you have not been paying attention to what neo-cons are actually saying about the 99%

    October 21, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. S.positive

    Thank God for you, President Obama. The Good Lord will Vindicate you

    October 21, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Yes the withdrawal was set in 2008, but tasking is still sending troops there next year, hope that changes before then. If not it is just another lie from this president"

    Nonsense. The troops there will be no different than troops in other countries protecting and providing security to our diplomats and offering advice and counsel to the country's military and political leaders. Your irrational blather amounts to claiming that we must also consider it a war for us to have troops in Germany or France or Russia or South Korea. You people really REALLY need to grow up.

    October 21, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. bill

    To Wire Palladin, S.F.:

    It appears McCain did not review the Status of Force Agreement (SOFA) which says:

    The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) was signed by U.S. and Iraq officials on Nov. 16, 2008. The Iraqi parliament signed SOFA on Nov. 27, 2008.

    The agreement, which had been in negotiations since 2007, set a timetable calling for most U.S. troops to leave Iraqi towns and cities by June 30, 2009, with about 50,000 troops left in place until the final withdrawal of all U.S. military forces by Dec. 31, 2011.

    Pretty sad when McCain didn't get the memo, but I did. Have a good day, Wire.

    October 21, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Lizzie

    Posted by Wire Palladin, S. F. Right about now, CNN will bring out McCain, and he will give his 'gloom and doom' scenario.October 21, 2011 No the democrats are doing a pretty good job of that, just listen to Vice Pres. Biden, murder, rape, mayhem, etc. etc.

    October 21, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "GI Joe, just because we the 53% don't agree with you, and work every day to pay our bills, so you can sit back and wait for redistribution of wealth, does not make us hate and love $$$$$"

    Your assumption that anyone who supports raising taxes on the extremely wealthy and reforming our tax code so that it is not the primary vehicle for actually redistribbuting all of the country's wealth UPWARDS...that anyone who supports sensible economic policies that are absolutely necessary for us to recover from the recession, shrink the deficits, pay the debt, etc., must be some freeloading gov't teat sucker who is unemployed and expecting a handout...that assumption makes you look stupid, blind, programmed and paid to say it. Many of us who do our research on the issues, are exrtemely well educated, make a lot of money, work hard, pay attention to facts, evidence, experts, historical record, etc., actually support taxes going up ON OURSELVES in order to fix the mess made by rampant randian reaganomic greed-is-good unicorn fart trickle-down daydream economic policies that were nothing more than the Big Lie driving the GOP's "final solution."

    October 21, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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