War no more: Obama to bring troops home

POSTED: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 5:13pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 1:33pm

President Obama announced the end of the Iraq war; one of the longest and most divisive military conflicts in American history. All US forces will be withdrawn by the end of this year.

"Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays," President Obama said.

An emotional announcement, but expected from the president. President Bush agreed to a US pullout by 2012. Since 2003, the Pentagon says, the war has cost:

4469 US killed
32,213 US wounded
1146 US amputees
$700-800 billion

In Iraq, the last 39-thousand US forces are loading up, celebrating years of effort.

“They've got an operating democratic government of sorts,” Gen. Barry McCaffrey, US Army, said.

But civil war remains possible. Critics complain the pullout is premature.

“There is a perception around the world that the United States is weakening and withdrawing,” Sen. John McCain, Rep-Arizona, said.

President Obama would have left some troops in Iraq as trainers, and possible targets, but the Iraqis would not grant them legal immunity, so he pulled the whole force.

"The long war in Iraq will come to an end," President Obama said.

It's a popular move. Now, the president says, we can better focus on jobs.

"Because after a decade of war the nation we need to build and the nation that we will build is our own," he said. “A million Iraq war veterans have found: coming home can mean a struggle to find work.”

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Mr. President I truly am happy to hear you will be bringing home our troops at the end of the year. I do applaude you for this decision.
I certainly hope thia decision was not to cordinate you running a second term for The Commander in Chief Position. I truly think you could and should have made this decision much sooner than now. As you can tell by my tone that I most certainly am not a supporter of yours. I think you dont have the experience to be the President of the United States of America. I think you have overspent by thinking that Stimulus Spending or buying you way out of the current debt problems is most certainly a major error in your judgement. Being a Community Organizer certainly didnt prepare you to hold the highest office of our Nation. I think the American People are truly tired of your irresponsiblity and not having a clue on what you are doing as the Chief Executive of this Nation. I sincerely hope when election time approaches that the American Citizens send you down the road in complete defeat and make you a One Term President.
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