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    Obama Praises Troops as He Ends the War He Opposed

    [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/us/at-fort-bragg-obama-showers-praise-on-troops-back-from-iraq.html?_r=1&hp"]Obama Praises Troops as He Ends the War He Opposed[/URL]

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    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — President Obama observed [B]the end of the war in Iraq [/B]on Wednesday before an audience of those who fought in it, telling a crowd of returning war veterans that the nine years of conflict in Iraq, a war now indelibly imprinted on the national psyche, had come to a close.

    “As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I’m proud to finally say these two words,” Mr. Obama told a crowded hangar at this famed North Carolina army base that is home to the 82nd Airborne: “Welcome home.”

    Calling it a “historic moment,” Mr. Obama, who has over the three years of his presidency had his ups and down with his own military leaders, if not the enlisted men and women, infused his remarks with far more shout-outs for the military than the usual few that he dispenses to local politicians at the beginning of most of his standard speeches.

    This time, he thanked the “legendary” 82nd Airborne. He thanked senior enlisted leaders. And the Sky Dragons of the 18th Airborne Corps. And the Special Operations Forces. And military families. In fact, the president wrapped himself in all of the storied patriotism and history of the country’s armed forces, congratulating the assembled troops for the job they did in Iraq — a war which he himself, never approved.

    It was a tough balance to strike; Mr. Obama had to speak of legendary battles in places like Fallujah without referencing the weapons of mass destruction that were never found; he noted the sectarian violence without bringing up the years of fear that gripped both the United States and the rest of the world back in 2004, 2005, and 2006, when it looked as if the American invasion of Iraq would engulf an already volatile region.

    “We remember the early days — the American units that streaked across the sands and skies of Iraq,” Mr. Obama said. “In battles from Nasiriyah to Karbala to Baghdad, American troops broke the back of a brutal dictator in less than a month.”

    And yet, Mr. Obama said, “we know too well the heavy costs” of the Iraq War: “[B]Nearly 4,500 Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice[/B], including 202 fallen heroes from here at Fort Bragg. 202.”

    The speech was the latest in a series of public appearances orchestrated by the White House to signal the end of the conflict and to drive home the point that Mr. Obama fulfilled one of his 2008 presidential campaign promises. At times somber, at times ebullient — there were plenty of “Huahs” during his speech — the president tried to project an understanding of what the people who have seen their family members go off to fight a war which most Americans came to oppose, have been through.

    “There have been missed birthday parties and graduation,” Mr. Obama said. “There are bills to pay and jobs that have to be juggled with picking up the kids. For every soldier that goes on patrol, there are the husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters praying that they come back.”

    Mr. Obama made the trip to Fort Bragg — his first since taking office — as both the commander in chief who has brought soldiers home and as a presidential candidate. Mr. Obama’s campaign advisers see North Carolina, a traditionally red state which Mr. Obama unexpectedly won in 2008, as a key to the president’s re-election path.

    But Fort Bragg and neighboring Fayetteville, with its large African-American population full of veterans of both Iraq and Afghanistan, will need to join urban areas like Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh-Durham in turning out for Mr. Obama if the president is to have a chance of repeating that unlikely win next year.

    On Tuesday, Jim Messina, Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, presented reporters with a slide show mapping out several Obama pathways to victory next year. One key path, he said, included winning North Carolina and Virginia — both states that John Kerry lost in 2004, but Mr. Obama won in 2008. Already, the Obama campaign has opened up operations in North Carolina, and is banking on the state’s changed demographics, including an influx of young, college-educated people. The Obama campaign is also hoping for high turnout among African Americans, who make up 22 percent of the state’s population, and 41 percent of the Fayetteville population.

    Charlotte, North Carolina will host the Democratic National Convention next September. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has already taken out television ads here in North Carolina, including one that ran this week, targeting Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy.

    Mr. Obama has been working hard to get credit for ending the Iraq war, a promise that was a centerpiece of his 2008 campaign. But it remains to be seen whether his successful completion of his promise to end the war will have much resonance next year, as the country continues to struggle through the fragile economic recovery.

    Fort Bragg is home to a variety of troops, including the Army Special Operations, the 18th Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne. Fort Bragg soldiers have been in the thick of the fighting in the Iraqi theater from Day 1 of the American invasion in 2003.

    “For all of the challenges that our nation faces, you remind us that there’s nothing that we Americans can’t do when we stick together,” Mr. Obama said. “It’s why the United States military is the most respected institution in our land. It’s why you, the 9/11 generation, have earned your place in history.”

    He concluded with “I am proud of you.”

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    I wonder if there is anyone here who is unhappy the War is now over?

    Nice to see Obama followed the Bush timeline for exit almost to the letter. Hopefully now, we can either see some improvement in Afghanistan, or a withdrawl there as well.

    Will be a good day in America when we are no longer at Wa....Executive Millitary Action of Kinetic Potentiallity.

    10 years, 4,500 deaths. While every soldiers life is priceless, I wonder if that is the least costly (in statistic terms, deaths/day) War we've ever fought as a country. Of course, 99.9% of it wasn't War (we won that in a few days), it was occupation.

    Curious, to go with my first statement, does ANYONE here at JI support occupation and nation building policy, i.e. the Bush doctrine?

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;4276829]
    Curious, to go with my first statement, does ANYONE here at JI support occupation and nation building policy, i.e. the Bush doctrine?[/QUOTE]

    No sir. The premise itself, is not that bad... It will better serve future generations if true democracy were upheld down the road...

    It's just entirely too costly to transplant so many troops and then run the supply lines to those troops. To pay for the infrastructure that are essentially the building blocks for that democracy, etc...

    If there were a fiscally responsible way, I'd change my tune.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;4276829]I wonder if there is anyone here who is unhappy the War is now over?

    Nice to see Obama followed the Bush timeline for exit almost to the letter. Hopefully now, we can either see some improvement in Afghanistan, or a withdrawl there as well.

    Will be a good day in America when we are no longer at Wa....Executive Millitary Action of Kinetic Potentiallity.

    10 years, 4,500 deaths. While every soldiers life is priceless, I wonder if that is the least costly (in statistic terms, deaths/day) War we've ever fought as a country. Of course, 99.9% of it wasn't War (we won that in a few days), it was occupation.

    Curious, to go with my first statement, does ANYONE here at JI support occupation and nation building policy, i.e. the Bush doctrine?[/QUOTE]

    I'm of two minds.

    Idealistic Quantum supports it, and thinks every human being should be given the awesome opportunity that Americans have: to live in a relatively prosperous country with life, liberty pursuit of happiness.

    Realistic Quantum thinks that dumasses get what they deserve.

    :/

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    Check back in 6 months and let me know exactly what was accomplished by this.

    I don't blame Bush, he was too stupid to even grasp this. Dick Cheney, rot in hell you total POS.
    Last edited by FF2®; 12-15-2011 at 10:41 AM.

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