August 2nd, 2010
07:34 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama: Drawdown of American troops in Iraq 'on schedule'


 Plans to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to 50,000 by the end of this month are on schedule, according to a prepared speech President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver Monday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - Plans to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to 50,000 by the end of this month are on schedule, according to a prepared speech President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver Monday.

"Next month, we will change our military mission from combat to supporting and training Iraqi security forces," Obama says in remarks prepared for the national convention of the Disabled American Veterans.

But danger for troops on the ground remains, he says.

"The hard truth is we have not seen the end of American sacrifice in Iraq," Obama says. "But make no mistake, our commitment in Iraq is changing–from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats."

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  1. jules sand-perkins

    Public opinion is for withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. The cry is, "bring our troops home!"
    We have all-volunteer military forces with attractive employment opportunities. What do volunteers expect to do if we withdraw from all wars?

    August 2, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  2. jpmichigan

    I'LL BELIEVE IT, WHEN I SEE IT! This President has proven to be all rhethoric and very little action!

    August 2, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. w l jones

    That area held one of the oldes civilization in the world ! just think some of the same people stile live there,.what pride it must be for it citizen. We American cherist what your contribution to all humanity, to name a few reading, writing , math and so on.

    August 2, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Shawn-Ga

    Why is it that he blames Bush for everything he (Obama) is unable to do for us the American people. However when he implements a Bush policy he "forgets" to mention this was not his but Bush's? The list of Bush policies that this President has held unto and in fact embraced is quite long.

    I am reminded of something that was done during the elections, Howard Stern sent a guy out on the street and he had them ask people on the street if they supported a list of Obama policies that would be enacted if he became president. Of course the people on the street were all for the ideas and thought they were the best thing ever. Problem is that the list were all McCain's ideas.

    Sheep will follow without any ideas of their own or thinking on their own. This is why we have Congress and Senate members in office for 40+ years.

    August 2, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That's a pure out lie, and he knows it.

    August 2, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. All the news that is fit to omit

    No thanks to ANYTHING you OR Biden did or said.

    Both of you voted AGAINST the surge that WORKED.

    Add it to the list of thing this gutless fraud of a president (no cap deserved) was WRONG about.

    He is either on the wrong side or simply lies about the rest.

    No cajones and NO real world brain matter.

    August 2, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Rob Johnson

    Good. One down, one to go.

    Let's hope that at this time next year, we are all talking about how the Obama administration has kept its word on starting to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by July 2011.

    August 2, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Obama is trying to sell ocean front property where there's no ocean if we leave everything will go back the way it was just like we never was there lets just bring all our troops back home now and let China be there friends .

    August 2, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. DENNA

    President Obama is trying to bring the troops home as promised, but he must listen to his generals for the best options. We Americans are like small children. First we were all ginned up for the wars because we were angry, as we should have been, about September 11. Well, the Bush administration traced bin Laden to Afghanistan and proceeded to go after him, which they should have. THEN George Bush grew bored with that fight and instead decided to go after Sadam Hussein. He found people who would tell him what he wanted to know to justify the raid and in he went, and we were all onboard with that one too. Now we know we were lied to and we're tired, we want the wars to end. Remember all of this the next time a president decides to wage a war. Do we really need to be there? It is NOT UNPATRIOTIC to ask questions.

    August 2, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. JC

    The draw down is on scheduale. Does that mean mission accomplished and we are coming home, or does that mean the draw dwon is on schedule. The latter me think. The Iraqi government is no where near as stable as we would like, the military may be as inept as we desire, but still not ready to assume control of the country side and what about law enforcement. The Iraqi police force has apparently change the thugs in uniform but remain thugs in uniform. But then again the withdrawal of American forces remain on track. With forces remaining behind in a training and advisory roll. Kind of reminds me of another meat grinder in the 70's, I wonder if things get heated up with only trainers and advisors on the ground wheather we will abandon the nation and cut and run as we were in 1975.

    August 2, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Gil

    Why not draw them down today and admit out 4,413 Us troops lost there were all a waste of american lives and all for nothing?

    August 2, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Cosmo

    Was it worth the sacrifice? Do you think that these people are thankful to our country for taking the bootheel of a dictator off their necks? I serioulsy doubt it.

    August 2, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Yeah, right. We'll be out of Iraq and Afghanistan just like we're out of Germany, Japan, S. Korea, Panama, the Phillipines, etc. etc. etc. Why do you think we're building all of those permanent bases? We've got to protect corporate interests and make more oil profits disappear down the Halliburton rabbit hole. You know what victory in Afghanistan will look like? 10 year old Afghan children working 12 hour days making 20 cents per hour, stitching together Elmo backpacks for Wal-Mart. Global capitalism rocks! Have a nice day!

    August 2, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Orlando Patriot

    God bless George W. Bush!! Do you realize if it wasn't for the foresight of George W. Bush and the success of his decisions then Obama would not have the luxury of reducing the number of troops while still proclaiming success? Do you realize if we had listened to the Democrats in 2006 (i.e. "the war is lost", "our troops are shooting women and children in the dead of night", "the surge won't work", etc.) we would have pulled out of IRAQ and IRAQ would have been known as a failure of the grandest proportions.

    Boy you Democrats would have LOVED failing wouldn't you? However, the great George W. Bush had the right plan of attack and IRAQ turned out to be a great and complete success. That really bugs the hell out of you Democrats that George W. Bush was right and NOW we can claim a victory!! You Democrats don't know what it is like to be victorious do you? Well, now you know how it feels as Obama admits that not only are we victorious but it was due to the excellent leadership of George W. Bush. God bless George W. Bush who will go down in history as one of the GREATEST PRESIDENTS EVER!!

    August 2, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. PJ States

    Unfortunately for Iraq and for the sacrifices made by so many Americans there, al queda is just waiting for the US to leave....Guess the US government thinks al queda leaders don't read the newspapers or see TV broadcasts of American plans. Or, possibly retrieve data directly from pentagon webcites?

    August 2, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. thor

    Why isn't he giving a speech on Afghanistan instead of Iraq which he had nothing to do with as president?.The conditions and time frame for this withdrawual were set in place long before Obama took office. For him to go around taking credit for something he had nothing to do with is shameful !!!

    August 2, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Naqib

    "But make no mistake, our commitment in Iraq is changing–from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats."

    Well it has too... Bush signed that off in the 2008 SOFA with a 2011 deadline. So try not to act like you are ending Iraq... because the press will remind you of that it was taken care of prior to your election.

    August 2, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Malt

    I agree with Biden, Obama is a bit late on his response. Then again, he's been focused on hampering our economy for the last 20 months. I dare say, gulp, that even Jimmy Carter was a better leader/president.

    August 2, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Marty, FL

    President Obama is continuing to redirect our efforts in Iraq toward a more constructive manner. The unnecessary debacle should have never started under the neocons.

    This positive new direction was one of the main reasons Americans voted for our president. Godspeed.

    August 2, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |