More Of This Please

by Daniel Russ on August 2, 2010

Pennsylvania ANG Sgt. 1st Class Wayne Wirfel Returns

ATLANTA — Nearing a milestone in the long and divisive Iraq war, President Barack Obama on Monday hailed this month’s planned withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops – “as promised and on schedule” – as a major success despite deep doubts about the Iraqis’ ability to police and govern their country.

Portraying the end of America’s combat role in the 7-year war as a personal promise kept, Obama said Iraq will have 90,000 fewer U.S. troops by September than when he took office – a steady homeward flow he called “a season of homecomings.” But there could still be more fighting involving U.S. forces.

“The hard truth is we have not seen the end of American sacrifice in Iraq,” the president said in a speech to the national convention of the Disabled American Veterans. “But make no mistake, our commitment in Iraq is changing – from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats.”

Source: AP

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