President Obama declares end to Iraq war, pledging it's 'time to turn the page' and focus on economy [Video Inside]


The NYDailyNews reports:

WASHINGTON - A somber President Obama declared an end to the long and costly Iraq war Tuesday night, pledging he now intends to "turn the page" to America's economic revival.

"The American combat mission in Iraq has ended," Obama told the nation in an 18-minute address, only his second from the Oval Office. "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country."

The U.S. will help Iraq develop a stable government and keep up the increasingly difficult fight in Afghanistan, he pledged. But Obama asserted that "our central mission as a people and my central responsibility as President" is reinvigorating the limping economy at home.

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


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The leader speaking from the Oval Office on Tuesday night was not the anti-war candidate of 2008.

Thank goodness for that.

President Obama praised the fact that "the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country," even though he opposed the troop surge that made it possible to turn the tide against the insurgency.

He hailed "a belief that out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization," even though he opposed the conflict from the start.

He commended the troops for defeating "a regime that had terrorized its people," when the fact is Saddam Hussein would probably still be in power today if not for the war.

Many will seize on the awkwardness of Obama giving credit to George W. Bush and the "dumb war" (Obama's words) he started. But when a President gets handed the keys to the country, he has to adjust to national security realities.

Obama didn't want to invade Iraq, as he delicately acknowledged Tuesday night. But the responsibility to make the best of it, and wind down the war, fell to him. He sucked it up, followed through with the surge and did what he promised, ending U.S. combat operations there.

In other words, he behaved like a responsible commander in chief. Let that be a lesson to those, especially on the far right, who seek to delegitimize all Obama says and does.

Obama's most rabid right-wing enemies must get used to it: This is America's President. This is the troops' commander. Whether you like it or not, at least until 2012.

Disagree with him. Disagree with him vociferously if you want. Dissent is perfectly American. But stop trying to smear him as un-American. That's sick and corrosive.

Do the majority of Republicans - who, according to a new Newsweek poll, reportedly believe that Obama "sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world" - really grasp what they're suggesting?

Does Rush Limbaugh, who calls "Imam Hussein Obama" an "anti-American President," have no shame?

Do these people understand that in Afghanistan, Obama has escalated a front-line war against Islamic fundamentalists?

Do they know that in Pakistan, Obama is ordering far more drone strikes against Islamist radicals than his predecessor did?

Again: Disagreement is perfectly patriotic. But by unscrupulously attacking the patriotism of the commander in chief, rabid Obama haters are toying with the people whose service they claim to salute.

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Comment by Alejandro Gonzalez on September 3, 2010 at 1:40am
Yall muthaphukas weren't talking about all this "respect our commander in chief" and "he's doing what he has to do" bullsh*t when Bush was in office now were yall. Bush was compared to Hitler, called a racist, a genocidal tyrant. But no...poor lil' Obama is being called an Imam and un-American therefore Republicans have no shame. Well boo muthaphukin hoo. When Bush was in office what was Keith Olberman, Jon Stewart, Colbert, Chris Mathews and all those other clowns yappin their mouths about. Don't be a hypocrite man. It's okay to be all patriotic and sh*t now....But not under Bush...naw. P**** yall.
Comment by Infamou$Hill on September 2, 2010 at 7:17pm
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Comment by Samir Aliyev on September 2, 2010 at 12:22pm
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Comment by bo jangels on September 2, 2010 at 11:03am
if black people would turn there anger and guns on the government that is rapping them instead of their own people we could really have a revolution.
Comment by Benny on September 2, 2010 at 10:51am
@Jason, you took the words right out of my mouth with that statement. Good s****. And here is a small exerpt from the David Icke article on Obama.

"There is an 'image' that Obama is against war, but no he's not. He says he's against the invasion of Iraq, though we'll see what he does about that in office. How can a man calling for more troops, including European troops, to be sent to Afghanistan be against war? He has also said he is prepared to bomb Pakistan and use military force to stop Iran building nuclear weapons and he has appointed Hillary 'Let's bomb 'em' Clinton (Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations) as Secretary of State and re-appointed Bush's 'Let's bomb 'em' Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates (Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations). So that's the 'change we can believe in', then.

Obama isn't against war at all and, if his controllers have their way, he will engage the US in even more foreign conflicts with the troops sent to their deaths, and the deaths of their targets, on a wave of oratory from the dark suit with the black face who would never go where he's sending them."


(http://www.davidicke.com/articles/political-manipulation-mainmenu-72/18281-barack-obama-the-naked-emperor). You should all read the full article, so I included the link, spread the word ppl.
Comment by Ronnie Jackson on September 2, 2010 at 10:43am
f*** dat. its bs now dey gonna do dat martial law s***!!!!! dey gonna have to kill me watch f*** da masons all em everything dats dwn wit em maplewood b**** we strap up faggots c** n get
Comment by bo jangels on September 2, 2010 at 10:09am
@KOA GET THE F*** OUTTA HERE WITH YOU IGNORANT NONSENSE. YOU LOOK LIKE PIMP C MIXED WITH A LITTLE GARY COLEMAN! ILL GIVE YOU A LITTLE RESPECT CAUSE YOU SURE DO LOOK LIKE A F***** BOSS WITH THAT FANCY CHAIN ON. I BET THE BITCHS WERE TUGGING ON THAT S*** THE ENTIRE NIGHT... F*** YOU!
Comment by bo jangels on September 2, 2010 at 9:53am
@cleidy hahahahah for starters we were never fighting "iraqis"...? We were told the reason for invading iraq was because sodom had WMD (weapons of mass destruction). There were never any weapons. Mean while for seven years we have set up a number of military bases in iraq and finally tapped into their oil supply. Most of the terrorist are now in afghanistan and that is why obama sent 20,000 more troops as soon as he was elected president. People have to understand that this war can not be won and that it is beneficial for corporate america to always have a war. It's called the military industrial complex and it is a HUGE part of our economy. The war will never be over and the next place we invade will be iran. oh ya and bin laden has been dead for 9 years! It is mainstream news that the videos serviced recently of him are fakes.
Comment by bo jangels on September 2, 2010 at 9:39am
THE WAR IS NOT OVER BTW... THIER HAS ALWAYS BEEN MORE PRIVATE CONTRACTORS (BLACKWATER) IN IRAQ THEN MILITARY TROOPS.OVER 50,000 OF THEM ARE STILL IN IRAQ AND GUESS WHAT THEY'RE ALL VETERANS WHO TOOK THE JOB FOR THE MONEY.



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