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Claiming no victory, mentioning no success

And giving Bush no credit for what has taken place in Iraq:

Claiming no victory, Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly Tuesday night: "It's time to turn the page." Now, he said, the nation's most urgent priority is fixing its own sickly economy.

From the Oval Office, where George W. Bush first announced the invasion that would come to define his presidency, Obama addressed millions who were divided over the war in his country and around the world. Fiercely opposed to the war from the start, he said the United States "has paid a huge price" to give Iraqis the chance to shape their future -- a cost that now includes more than 4,400 troops dead, tens of thousands more wounded and hundreds of billions of dollars spent.

In a telling sign of the domestic troubles weighing on the United States and his own presidency, Obama turned much of the emphasis in a major war address to the dire state of U.S. joblessness. He said the Iraq war had stripped America of money needed for its own prosperity, and he called for an economic commitment at home to rival the grit and purpose of a military campaign.

Transcript of his speech last night can be found here.

I look forward to turning the page in November of this year and again in 2012 and fixing our sickly political leadership.


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Comments (9)

Wipe the egg off your face ... (Below threshold)
Prairie:

Wipe the egg off your face Mr. President.

I guess GWB really did do it!

"He said the Iraq war ha... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"He said the Iraq war had stripped America of money needed" by Democrats for the continuing support of heavy-weight unions, bloated public sector pensions, lawsuits against states, Czar salaries, etc...

There, fixed it.

"...and he called for an ec... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"...and he called for an economic commitment at home to rival the grit and purpose of a military campaign."

If Obama believes our economic problems should be addressed in this fashion he is clearly not the man for the job. I am not sure how much "grit and purpose" he can put into a military campaign (or a metaphor thereof).

"He said the Iraq war had s... (Below threshold)
914:

"He said the Iraq war had stripped America of money needed for its own prosperity"


Translation: Damn money could have been better spent on my reelection and presidential library.

"Claiming no victory, menti... (Below threshold)
Roy:

"Claiming no victory, mentioning no success" - for a minute, I thought this post was about the 2010 election and Obama voters.

Oh fuck him... Obama blew m... (Below threshold)
John S:

Oh fuck him... Obama blew more money on the Porkulus bill in his first two weeks in office than Bush wasted in 9 years of the Iraq war. Meanwhile we're not turning any pages: Obama has escalated the Afghani war into a bloody disaster. Sorry, Alexander the Great got his ass handed to him in Afghanistan. What makes the affirmative action community organizer think he's a greater military genius?

Dear Hussein,Seven... (Below threshold)
oldpuppymax:

Dear Hussein,

Seven years of expenditure on the Iraq war do NOT equal the billions YOU'VE spent in the past 18 months!!!

# 6 & 7 respectively..... (Below threshold)
914:

# 6 & 7 respectively..


No shit!

"Obama turned much of the e... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Obama turned much of the emphasis in a major war address to the dire state of U.S. joblessness."

Oh, you finally noticed that Barry? What genius! 20 months to figure that one out!




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