WASHINGTON---Ending the Iraq war was a centerpiece of Barack Obama's presidential campaign; on Monday President Obama said the combat troop drawdown will take place on schedule--"Promise kept," he said. Soon after, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a release stressing the same point.
Obama: So I'm grateful for that symbol of our partnership, and I'm proud of the progress we've achieved together. But as one of your outstanding DAV members from Illinois just reminded me, this is a promise I made during the campaign -- it was a promise made and it was a promise kept. And I intend to keep on keeping my promises to the veterans of America.
Pelosi statment headline: Our Nation Will End Soon Combat Operations in Iraq, on the Schedule President Obama Promised
Below, Pelosi statement....
Pelosi: Our Nation Will End Soon Combat Operations in Iraq, on the Schedule President Obama Promised
Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today following President Obama's speech at the national convention of the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta, during which the President provided an update on his efforts to drawdown U.S. forces in Iraq, and to transition to a civilian-led mission by the end of August. To read more about what the New Direction Congress has done for our troops, veterans, and military families please click here.
"America's brave men and women in uniform have done everything that has been asked of them in the war in Iraq; they have performed excellently. Soon, our nation will begin a new chapter in this effort, ending combat operations on the schedule President Obama promised.
"Throughout this war, the Democratic-led Congress has given our armed forces the support, armor, tools, and equipment to succeed and stay safe. We've improved oversight and accountability for the taxpayer funds dedicated to the war, and we've worked to return power to the Iraqis, end the war, and move our troops out of harm's way.
"As our combat mission in Iraq comes to a close at the end of this month, we will continue to support and train Iraqi forces. Every day, the Iraqi people will assume more responsibility for their future - a future that the American people hope is one of peace and prosperity. This is the future for Iraq that our nation has sacrificed greatly to help ensure.
"Our nation, and especially our troops, will still be required to make sacrifices; and those who wear our nation's uniform have always demonstrated that they will bear any burden in the service of our country. But as our combat mission in Iraq comes to an end, we feel gratitude for those who have served, and optimism for the future."
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