August 31st, 2010
08:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama declares 'combat mission in Iraq has ended'

Washington (CNN) - President Obama declared that "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended" in his primetime address Tuesday.

"Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country," he said.

The president addressed the economic crisis in America by talking about how restoring prosperity at home is critical to maintaining the nation's strength abroad. Obama said getting the economy back on track is his "central responsibility as president."

"Today, our most urgent task is to restore our economy, and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work," the president said.

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Filed under: Iraq • issues • President George W. Bush • President Obama
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  1. jim

    Then why do we still have 50,000 troops still in harm way. Bring them home now.Obama must think we are all stupid and will believe whatever he says as being the truth.

    August 31, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. southern cousin

    You gotta wonder where this incompetent, inept, corrupt, slimy, union toadys head has been. If his top priority has been restoring the economy, why do we have Obozocare and the costs that is imposing on those who work and pay taxes, so the dopers can have more free money to cope with the rising cost of their illegal drugs and why did he give $1 trillion dollars of our money to the unions and other left wing satanic groups and then declare this to be the "summer of recovery." Recovery for lazy, corrupt union fatcats only. The rest of us are suffering.

    August 31, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. ruty

    Thank God. We NOW have who is a president who is a peace lover instead of a war monger.

    August 31, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. anthony

    As people with common sense and decency are thankful we can start bringing the boys back home slowly but safely, while Republicans are thinking of how to spin this to make themselves look victorious and make the President look bad.
    Common sense for the win.

    August 31, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. LizinStLouis

    Great! Long overdue. Next stop Afghanistan! Thanks Mr. President for keeping your word! and for working so hard on a myriad of other issues.

    August 31, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Sissy

    How ever the GOP wants to play this doesn't matter, Bush and Republicans started this War and reguardless of the surge Obama promised to end it and bring out troops home and he did just that......Great Speech Mr. President......thank you for bring our troops home

    August 31, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Ridgeway

    OK. Jesus Obama says the war is over and it's over. If that's true why doesn't he raise his blessed hands upward and proclaim the economy fixed? This guy is a trip and his supporters sharp as bowling balls.

    August 31, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Proud of President Obama even though he let the lightweight Bush off too easy for the 4000 troop deaths and 40,000 wounded because of republican lies.

    August 31, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. diridi

    I am glad that is done...and more wars....USA is stinking its economy because of GOP and Bush idiotic ways to go to Iraq....suddam's curse made american economy stink...broke...even teachers are laid off.....this is Bush, and stupid GOP....

    August 31, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, and the republicans keep saying how democrats opposed the surge and republicans supported it... despite the fact that it was President Bush and his congressional lackeys who resisted increasing troops in Iraq for years for political reasons, not to have to admit that their strategy in Iraq wasn't working! Bush even fired generals who asked for the surge! You can look up the stances over the years for each of these self-congratulating republicans! Every one of them opposed the surge until after the '04 elections! Hypocrites!

    August 31, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. The Incompetent Mr. Obama

    What a bozo of a speech.

    Blames Bush, now takes credit, rambles on crap we know isn't true.

    This guy is a desperate CLOWN trying to re-estabilish some credibility, but it's too late. We know he is a clown

    August 31, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Hammerer

    Obama is completely out of his league trying to make a decision. He has no idea as to reality of running the country much less in matters of the militarity or security.
    The best thing obamo can do is admit that he is a mistake and go play basketball or golf with his cronies.

    August 31, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. Peter s

    Good with our flagile economy we can't be everywhere everytime!. The Iraqians have to take care of themselves, if they don't they don't have to llok farther than Somalia!!

    August 31, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    To continue combat missions in Iraq gives the World and terrorist the impression that we are enforcing something on them that they don't want. If Iraqis want democracy and freedom they must now show the World and terrorist it's their country and that's what they are willing to fight for.

    August 31, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. American Delight

    "Today, our most urgent task is to restore our economy, and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work," the president said."

    Umm, this was a speech about Iraq, right? Yeah...

    August 31, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. Peter M

    It was a great speech. It was measured, balanced and respectful to all who served, the Americans who sacrificed and the Iraqis and allies for what they all contributed. Bravo Mr. Prez.

    August 31, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. Nadeem

    Good speech, very non partisian.

    August 31, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. NC Ex-Pub

    Iraq... what an incredible waste. I hope Bush, Rummie, Bolton and Darth Cheney sleep well!

    August 31, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. EBC

    GOD BLESS OUR PRESIDENT! He's absolutely RIGHT. It's TIME to turn the page and shift the focus back on American soil. We can't continue spending TRILLIONS and TRILLIONS on TWO wars and expect not to suffer the consequences back home. We had NO business getting into TWO wars, and now we need to RE-FOCUS our attention back home.

    It's time to focus on the MIDDLE CLASS who are the back-bone of our country by creating MORE jobs, BETTER education, CLEAN energy and BETTER technology. America has fallen behind other third world countries. We don't make anything stamped "MADE IN THE USA" anymore. We use to, but we don't. We need to GET BACK to building and MAKING things for Americans!!

    August 31, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Proud member of Global Zero

    Can't wait for the rest to come home. All we did over there was kill innocent Iraq's, ruin what infrastructure that had and make it easier for Iran to step in. Bush deserves no credit. Not one person that voted to go to war will get my vote. I am stuck with Bill Nelson. Yes he is trying to make up for monumental bad decisions but, next primary I hope more people will come out to vote against neo cons.

    It is time to get back to rebuilding the USA. We need more manufacturing in our country. Vote dem and get the buy American promise.

    August 31, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Carmelle

    The repubs want to talk about how successful the surge was, but not about the non-existing WMDs.


    The surge was just a "must" since we were already in. Just because it did what it was supposed to do, doesn't mean that it justifes this unnecessary war.

    Typical Repubs spin!!!

    August 31, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. USN

    Then why is he on vacation and pertetual campaining? Because he is wrong! please please 2012.2012!

    August 31, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Ed

    If there are tens of thousands of military still in Iraq the mission has not ended. Again with the smoke and mirrors. I'm not stupid and I'm not falling for this smoke and mirrors. If the military is there then you, sir are a liar.

    August 31, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Seattle Sue

    If Mr. Bush is responsible for ending the war in Iraq then he must also be held responsible for starting that war,4400+ American deaths, 100,000+ Iraqi deaths, over 30,000 military injuries and cost of one trillion dollars. I wonder if Mr. Bush sleeps good at night?

    August 31, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. anthony

    And Republicans claim sole responsibility for the victory, as well as responsibility of the current economic state in America... oops. wait.. i take that back... If its good, its because of them, if its bad, its all Obama's fault.

    There, thats more accurate.
    What i want to know now is WHERE ON EARTH is that huge "Mission Accomplished" banner that hung behind GW???

    I bet Osama has it, and uses it as a tent somewhere in Pakistan.

    August 31, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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