Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Obama Speech August 31 after Iraqi Freedom Over (VIDEO)

Obama's speech August 31 marked the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The military operation, which started under the watch of George W. Bush, has been a political and PR nightmare for the United States since its inception.

Last night for the second time ever (except, of course, the State of the Union address) the President addressed the nation.

Obama was quick to give himself a pat on the back, stating "This was my pledge to the American people as a candidate for this office. Last February, I announced a plan that would bring our combat brigades out of Iraq, while redoubling our efforts to strengthen Iraq’s Security Forces and support its government and people.

That’s what we’ve done. We’ve removed nearly 100,000 U.S. troops from Iraq. We’ve closed or transferred to the Iraqis hundreds of bases. And we have moved millions of pieces of equipment out of Iraq."

Many were hoping that Obama would refrain from mentioning the campaign in the speech, but it is highly doubtful that any politician would refrain from mentioning keeping a campaign promise. Still yet, the good thing is that the service men and women are able to come home.
See below for the video, incase you missed the speech. You can read the full transcript HERE if you prefer to read it.

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