June 15th, 2010
11:44 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama: Iraq combat mission on schedule to end this summer

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/15/art.obama.0615t.cnn.jpg caption ="President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. military is on track to complete its roughly seven-year combat mission in Iraq."]Pensacola, Florida (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. military is on track to complete its roughly seven-year combat mission in Iraq - part of a redeployment of forces in response to changing needs at home and abroad.

He also praised members of the armed services for their role in fighting the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and promised an "unprecedented response" to what has now become a top-tier political crisis.

The president made his remarks during an appearance at the Naval Air Station here, at the conclusion of a two-day visit to the reeling Gulf region.

The armed forces are poised to end their "combat mission in Iraq this summer - on schedule," Obama declared. "You've earned your place among the greatest of generations."

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  1. Sniffit

    And here comes the spin from the conservatards. Fear the brown man!!!! Anyone not holding a bible and claiming Jesus spelled out God's instructions in this morning's Alphabets is an apostate heathen blasphemer with no thought but killing your children and raping your pretty white blonde wives!!! If we're not at war, then everyone will think we're p-ssies!!! You have to indiscriminately kill thousands of people and destroy their country's infrastructure every few years to get any respect!!!

    The unfortunate thing is that the damage is done. We can leave, but Bushtard and Cheneybot still turned Iraq into a terrorist recruitment video. Their faces are on the cover of Al Qaeda's most popular brochure.

    June 15, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Greg Pottstown PA

    Donald June 15th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

    Lol spin it conservatives._____________________________________
    It is already spun by the liberals . Or are you going to tell me that Obama is responsible for the success we are having in Iraq. A big Thank You is due to GWB.

    June 15, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Sgt Sam

    "Thank you Bush"? Are you kidding? If it was't for his pack of lies....ok, you already know the rest of that rant. Yes, Bush, you sure found those WMD's and Bin Laden, didn't ya? Mission is NOT accomplished and I would suspect the country will go back to it's normal state of fighting factions once we leave. But, leave we must. Let them deal with it themselves; we should never have gone in the first place.

    June 15, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is a time to give thanks and praise to our military men and women for all the sacrifices they have made along with their families. We honor them in life and in death.

    June 15, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "By the way Barry, we missed that Thank you to Bush, whose "surge strategy" that you and your befuddled VP were against, WORKED. "

    I'm sorry, did you just argue that Bushtard initiated one mildly successful strategy in a war that should never have occurred in the first place and accomplished nothing whatsoever other than depletion of our troop numbers and the country's bank account as though it justifies and excuses, maybe even makes laudable, the Bush blunder that is the Iraq war? Earth to moron: the "surge" is not making it possible for us to withdraw...the fact that the war is economically unsustainable is forcing us to. Add in that it's accomplishing nothing to keep our combat troops running about in Iraq and you've got a nice, tight argument that Obama is making a wonderfully fiscally conservative decision. You don't spend billions getting nothing in return.

    June 15, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Pat F

    The Obamessiah again favors any Muslim interest over any American interest.

    Good luck in 2012, Imam Barry – you'll need it.

    June 15, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Rick

    more lies from SLObama, slowest prez in history, his oil response is equal to none, that means nada, nothing no go, thats why he has been nick named SLObama because of hids SLOW responses, when are the democratic idiots and supporters goping to see that SLObama is destroying this country from the inside. I bet JFK is rolling in his grave because he predicted it that America would be destroyed from inside and now we have SLObama the waste of leadership. Just like Charlie Crist that SLObama kissup, soon all the SLObama will be gone and WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WILL TAKE BACK AMERICA.

    June 15, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Thank you President Bush!

    President Bush helped bring new hope to one of the cruelest countries in the Middle East, with a despicable, murderous dictator who brutalized his own people for decades. Naturally, Nobama wants to "bask" in something he had nothing to do with - in fact, he opposed the Iraq war vehemently on all fronts! NO credit to you, Nobama - not ONE sliver of it!

    June 15, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    About time. We shouldn't have been in Iraq in the first place. But since we are, I still think we should charge the Bush regime for war crimes. Oh how soon we forget about Abu Ghraib.

    June 15, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    "This summer", is a mere 6 weeks away, Mr. President. I haven't heard anything yet, about any moves to withdraw, anything at all, in the media.

    June 15, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Wisconsinite

    @all the news that's fit to omit June 15th, 2010 12:19 pm ET

    By the way Barry, we missed that Thank you to Bush,

    "Thank you"???? For starting a war just so he and his pals could profit from it in which thousands of our soldiers were killed, hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis were killed, and TRILLIONS of our dollars were spent??!!! THANK YOU????

    You're so ignorant I'm surprised you know how to type.

    June 15, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Gil

    The fact is the mission should never have started in the first place, but bush pushed it through with lies. 4405 American lives wasted to get rid of one man and that is all. The country has suffered almost 1,000,000, deaths due to the instability we created and never figured into the formula. We are now also hated, even more than before, throughout the Middle East and the unrest in Aghanistan and Iraq is now spread into Pakistan! We Americans are and were fools to allow this to happen!

    June 15, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. A.B.

    Good!! I am expecting an end to American involvement in Iraq and hopefully expecting the same thing in Afghanistan. Bring our troops home. We need to either defeat the Taliban or reach a settlement with them. But the American war in the middle east must end!! Our country's financial and economic future depends on it!!

    June 15, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. 60s survivor

    never shoudda been there.

    June 15, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Bill

    Mr. President stay on course . Fear and warmogers Gopers must be un happy on this move just carry on your agenda people have elected you. Those Idiots and their supporers will not support . Tell Mr. Karzai it is not a free ticket and start withdrawing as per your plan..........

    June 15, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. geecee

    I don't see where Obama is taking any credit for ending the War in Iraq. He didn't start it and he won't be taking credit for ending it either. What exactly did the "surge" accomplish? Did we win this War? I don't think so!! Total waste of human life, money and time. Bush started it, but we sholdn't blame him, right? Was it for oil, or because he needed someone to beat up over 9/11? Obama doesn't blame the prior administration for everything – we, the voters and citizens of America do. Bush left this Country in a total mess and Obama is trying his best to get us out of the problems left behind – even this oil spill could have been prevented if Bush and Cheney weren't in bed with the oil industry. Yeah, that's right!!

    June 15, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Enough

    Seems like his campaign promise was to end the war sooner......not just let it ride out the course it needed to take and act like that was his plan all along................What a weak and naive Campaigner in chief we have attempting to run this country into the ground. And now the oil is flowing and he is a lost soul. 2012 can't get here soon enough.

    June 15, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Hannah

    Some say we should thank bush for the surge. But we should never have been there in the first place and we have wasted billions of dollars in a war of choice and killed and maimed 100's of thousands of people, both Iraqis and Americans. What bush and cheney did was criminal, illegal and they should be in jail, bottom line. Bush said mission accomplished 6 years ago and here we are. But it's finally over. Never vote Republican. They start wars and only take care of the rich; they don't care about the working people in America.

    June 15, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. The Smart One


    Please tell me you are joking! We NEVER should have been in Iraq in the first place! Go do your homework and stop playing on your mom's computer. Idiot.

    June 15, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Hannah

    To Shermani – who said "Once we leave Iraq, the violence there will increase 100x what it is today, and we will start to see threats against America again. This is a horrific plan to appease the liberal left. Hang on America!"

    Iraq never threatened America, Never! We don't really know who did 9-11 because a proper investigation was never carried out, but it wasn't Iraqis. And it wasn't the Afghans either. They just rounded up a bunch of Afghan farmers and put them in GITMO and later found out that most were guilty only of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Americans are so gullible.

    June 15, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Shucks

    We should never have been there in the first place. All we did was finish what George number one started, and the reason we finished it was Sadam Hussein was in control of the oil fields of Iraq in which so many of the Bushies and their cronies had huge investments in oil. Why can't Americans understand what really happened? I guess after 9/11 people were frantic and played right into the arms of those who were looking for revenge.

    June 15, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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