Obama On Iraq

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 9:23am

President Obama to deliver major primetime speech on Iraq from the Oval Office.

The U.S. is packing up its battered vehicles and war-weary soldiers.

Tonight, President Obama will declare our fighting days in Iraq are over.

"We're not gonna be operating in the same combat role that we have in the past," said Obama.

But don't expect another "Mission Accomplished" moment.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, "You won't hear those words coming from us."

Jon Soltz, Chairman of VoteVets.org said, "He cannot have a ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech. He cannot, there's fifty thousand Americans that are still in Iraq. We are not ending the Iraq war.”

Those troops will stay another year, training Iraqi police as they try to keep order with no government in place, six months after elections.

U.S. Army Major General Stephen Lanza said, "They have shown they've been ready. We saw that during the elections, we've seen that during some major religious holidays. We have seen what they are capable of doing."

Vice President Biden is there urging the process forward.

Former Bush National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said, "There still is not a unity government in place in Iraq. So, we're at a little bit of a violent period, a transition period."

It is a time of transition for the Iraqis and the U.S.

President Obama begins today at Fort Bliss, Texas, where 7-thousand troops have come home in the last six months.
 

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