Washington (CNN) - Six Republican senators are recommending Brett McGurk's name be withdrawn from consideration for the Iraq ambassador post a week after racy emails emerged suggesting he allegedly had an affair with a reporter.
"Recent information has surfaced to call into question the prudence of moving forward with the nominee at this time," said the letter to President Barack Obama signed by six GOP members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama hosted a dinner to salute soldiers recently back from Iraq - marking his first major tribute to the veterans since officially withdrawing all troops from the nation.
The White House said it invited more than 100 veterans and one guest each to the event Wednesday night, and a few veteran groups and Gold Star families.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host a dinner on February 29 honoring Iraq war veterans, the fallen and their families, the White House announced Monday.
"This dinner, an expression of the nation's gratitude for the achievements and enormous sacrifices of the brave Americans who served in the Iraq war and of the families who supported them, will include men and women in uniform from all ranks, services, states and backgrounds, representative of the many thousands of Americans who served in Iraq," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a written statement.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain said Sunday it was a mistake to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq, but would not back comments from GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry about sending American servicemen back to the country.
In response to a statement by Perry during a primary debate Saturday, McCain told CNN, "the moment and window of opportunity [to keep troops in Iraq] has now been closed."
(CNN) - I am beginning to suspect that Iraq could wind up following Yugoslavia’s example.
As you know, there once was a country called Yugoslavia. It had several distinct provinces based on ethnic differences: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Kosovo and Serbia. You get the point.FULL STORY
(CNN) – It's not even a week since all U.S. troops have been pulled out of Iraq, but the situation there is quickly deteriorating. I don't think it's by any means out of the question that civil war is possible.
The terror attacks in the country today were brutal – scores dead, many more innocents wounded. The pictures are horrendous.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Most Americans agree with the decision to end the war in Iraq, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday. Almost eight in ten said they support removal of combat troops from that country by the end of this year.
And although 96% are proud of U.S. troops who served in Iraq, just one in three consider the war a victory and more than half call it a stalemate.
(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."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday welcomed home returning troops from Iraq, hailing their service to help a people they didn't know as an example of what makes America great.
"As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree - welcome home. Welcome home," Obama told cheering troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were upbeat in discussing the future of Iraq. I hope they are right but like so many U.S. officials and outside experts in both Washington and the region I am deeply worried about the future direction of that embattled country.
Item: The Iraqi government rejected U.S. requests to leave even a modest number of U.S. troops on the ground. That’s because Iran’s allies in the Iraqi government would have none of that.FULL STORY