Obama: End of war reminds us of debt to troops
December 17th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama: End of war reminds us of debt to troops

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Saturday the end of the war in Iraq should serve as a reminder of the common bond that unites all Americans.

"There's a reason our military is the most respected institution in America," Obama said in his weekly address. "They don't see themselves or each other as Democrats first or Republicans first. They see themselves as Americans first. For all our differences and disagreements, they remind us that we are all a part of something bigger; that we are one nation and one people."

Obama said the country, and particularly politicians, owed an enormous debt to soldiers coming home after the almost nine-year conflict. He did not get into specific policy positions, but did offer broad directives to ensure the health and security of returning troops.

"It is up to us to serve these brave men and women as well as they serve us," Obama said. "Every day, they meet their responsibilities to their families and their country. Now it's time to meet ours – especially those of us who you sent to serve in Washington."

He continued, "This is a moment where we must come together to ensure that every American has the chance to work for a decent living, own their own home, send their kids to college and secure a decent retirement."

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  1. Anonymous

    There is also a debt to the Iraqis, a debt to families of those lost in Iraq (regardless of side) and a monetary debt that Bush and Big Oil should be repaying personally.

    December 17, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  2. Marie MD

    While the village idiot from TX started it at least President Obama kept his promise of bringing home the troops.
    Unlike the teapublikans candidates, all of them, who are upset that our troops will spend the holidays with their famlies out of harms way.
    Got to give it to the party of war!!

    December 17, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. diridi

    Glad, this unnecessary War ended....Obama2012.

    December 17, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Hollow words of unity coming from a man who's daily ambition has been DIVIDING our Nation via class warfare rhetoric and divisive tirades. Poor vs. Rich, The Unemployed vs. Big Business, Wall Street vs. Main Street, American vs. American!

    I have served in the Military and hold our Men and Women now in Uniform in the highest honor but our President is nothing more than a political hack who's words are truly void of anything trustworthy! Actions speak louder than your words Obama and to be re-elected, You'll continue to try and divide us. If anyone doubts what I say, "listen" to him closely over the next several months and most importantly, LOOK AT HIS RECORD before voting next November!

    December 17, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We owe our freedom to our troops, and we owe it to our troops to never be sent into a no win situation through lies and misinformation. It is time that chicken hawk republicans realize that we need take better care of our troops.

    December 17, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |