Sunday, March 01, 2009

I never thought I'd see the day. Obama announces Iraq withdrawl.

President Obama speaking at Camp Lejeune, NC, this past Friday.

"As a candidate for President, I made clear my support for a timeline of 16 months to carry out this drawdown, while pledging to consult closely with our military commanders upon taking office to ensure that we preserve the gains we've made and protect our troops. Those consultations are now complete, and I have chosen a timeline that will remove our combat brigades over the next 18 months.

Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end.

. . . I intend to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. We will complete this transition to Iraqi responsibility, and we will bring our troops home with the honor that they have earned." [Huffington Post]

Wow! Stunning.

We've got something like half a million troops stationed in about 150 countries around the world, so one down and about 149 more to go. But, it's a good start.


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