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Obama Announces Complete Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq: VIDEO


President Obama announced this afternoon that all remaining troops in Iraq are to be withdrawn:

"Today, I can report that as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home from Iraq at the end of this year. After nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over. Over the next two months our troops in Iraq — tens of thousands of them — will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home."


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  1. Now once we put Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, et al in jail for the rest of their natural lives, we can put the longest "war" in the history of The United States of America behind us.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 21, 2011 1:53:07 PM

  2. A blessing that all of those thousands of troops will be with their families and friends for the holidays.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 21, 2011 2:21:17 PM

  3. This is a Republican nightmare. Defense contractor stocks will fall and then there are all those political ramifications! Obama may be reelected and, and, and (shudder) Hillary might get in after him!

    Posted by: Scarier than Halloween | Oct 21, 2011 3:11:50 PM

  4. You wish. It's all about the economy, stupid, and the American voters are sick of this Obama economy.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Oct 21, 2011 3:20:38 PM

  5. lincolnlounger


    They are sick of the bush repub recession. They are tired of Obama being too conservative and nice to repubs and not going all FDR on the economy

    Turn off rush limbaugh and turn on the news. Check the polls

    Obama beats every repub in head to head match polls

    The closest is romney by only 4 points but the xtianistas will never elect a mormon

    perry looses by 12-14
    and the rest by even larger margins

    Posted by: say what | Oct 21, 2011 3:29:53 PM

  6. I'd hate to know that another soldier has died for this lie, especially if he/she were the last soldier to die for this lie.

    Posted by: daniel | Oct 21, 2011 4:24:11 PM

  7. Not his biggest fan these days, but this announcement following the news from Libya and the death of bin Laden... well, he's looking pretty good!

    Posted by: tranquilo | Oct 21, 2011 4:32:32 PM

  8. If self-serving Republicans would compromise and work with Obama to solve the problems of the economy, then maybe the Bush Recessions would end sooner.

    Posted by: trees | Oct 21, 2011 5:11:33 PM

  9. They're being replaced by mercinaries.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Oct 21, 2011 5:59:09 PM

  10. So many promises. I'll believe it when I see it.

    Lincoln, you are right, except that unfortunately the Republicans haven't really come up with any wholesale solutions.

    Say What, most polls oversample Democrats by a sizable margin. I wouldn't be so smug if I were you. Anything can happen between now and election day.

    Trees, it is a Bush/Obama recession. They both threw hundreds of billions around like drunken frat boys. Both are clueless.

    Posted by: Max | Oct 21, 2011 6:08:35 PM

  11. max

    actually polls tend to oversample repubs compared to the percentage of repubs in the general population

    & max, more power to you if you can convince the xtianistas to nominate romney. He is the repub party only hope for 2012. He also is the lone repub america could survive if he somehow was able to beat Obama

    Posted by: say what | Oct 21, 2011 6:32:10 PM

  12. All I had to do was mention Hillary and a certain lounger fell right out of his lincoln!

    After many years, not long ago, of Repub control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives they devalued the dollar (to help certain companies), transferred the tax burden to the middle class so the haves could "have more" and destroyed the financial system by ignoring regulation enforcement.

    Yeah, it is the economy, stupid, but let's hope enough voters have awakened to reality and don't put the crooks back in.

    Posted by: Scarier than Halloween | Oct 21, 2011 8:43:46 PM

  13. Huzzah!

    Obama is pulling a Nixon, giving up without admitting defeat. The US military will once again run away, tails between their legs, after committing genocide and murdering hundreds of thousands.

    That's a big win for all the nations under attack by US empire builders. Whether this escalation includes all the mercenaries in Iraq of if will lead to a further escalation in Afghanistan or an invasion of Iran is unclear. What this withdrawal and rise of the Arab Spring do mean is that the days of the zionist colony in Palestine are numbered, and it's a much shorter/smaller number now.

    What is abundantly clear is that most Americans oppose Obama's wars and that they endanger his reelection. Obama has no regard for the lives of the million or so Iraqi civilian causalities he, the Bushes and Clinton murdered. He has no regard for the tens of thousands of civilians murdered, maimed, kidnapped, tortured and assassinated on his orders. He has no regard for the thousands of GI lives he and the other White House murderers killed or the tens of thousands of GI survivors whose lives will be wasted by wounds, suicides, PTSD and other trauma.

    The withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam began in 1969 and was largely complete by late 1973. Saigon fell on April 30th, 1975. The withdrawals from Vietnam and Iraq are confirmations of the enduring ineptness of the Pentagon and of the warmongering obsequious cowardice of Congress and the WH, who are tools Wall Street and the military industrial complex . And what's most important by far is that they're demonstrations of how easily the greatest empire in human history can be humiliated.

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king's horses and all the king's men
    Couldn't put Humpty together again


    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Oct 22, 2011 6:20:54 AM

  14. Great! One promise delivered. I hope he gets some more promises in line before the election. Tough job, his.

    Granted, I still find myself liking the image of an independent Iraq blossoming into an economic powerhouse. But apparently the Iraqi socio-cultural landscape was more like Vietnam's was than post-WWII Germanay's...making George W.'s vision for it a little bit unrealistic.

    @Perdue: The sooner we stop thinking like an "empire," the stronger we'll be in the long-term. Long term, I'd rather see us use Great Britain as a role model in that than be an entity more like Napoleon's o'erproud dominant blip on the screen.

    That said, I suspect that our very ethical backbone as a world leader would start to crumble if we gave into the posturing and lies from those who seek to destroy the state of Israel (perhaps because destroying the diaspora is now out of their reach?). I don't see us backing down like that just because we've backed out of a war we probably should not have entered.

    @SayWhat: As I like Obama despite his reluctance on lgbt issues, I see the stats u note as rosy. Thanks for sharing them! But it soo ain't over yet.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Oct 22, 2011 11:29:47 AM

  15. There is one major difference between the British and American empire. The British just sent a governor to the colony and ruled from the top. Americans fought for other people's democracy. As long as they put on a show, they will get some money.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 22, 2011 1:55:37 PM

  16. In response to the economy being discussed, Republicans may be successfully getting away with their "Obama's economy" narrative, since it been almost 4 years since bush, but people & that have functional memories & an ability to analyze facts know that its Republican policies (old & new) making for the slow growth. Republicans openly want to shrink GDP, and fire teacher/Police/Firefighter making the economy worse, while responsible for supply side economics they forced back in the 80s creating debt. Their opposition to making the economy better is astounding.
    As for Foreign, Obama is keeping his promises. I think it will play a role, but ultimately it will be jobs. I for one am thrilled to see this chapter finally come to an end.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Oct 23, 2011 8:10:44 PM

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