Will Obama make good on his Iraq pullout promise?

August 30th, 2010

Published on XINHUAnews/english, August 29, 2010.

BEIJING, Aug. 29 (Xinhuanet) — U.S. President Barack Obama has left no doubt that the U.S. is sticking to its promise to pull out of Iraq despite a surge of violence in the country. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government has issues the highest level alert for terror attacks. 

In his weekly radio address on Saturday, Obama confirmed that the U.S. combat mission in Iraq would end on Tuesday, reaffirming his campaign promise to end the war in Iraq.

Obama said, “In the months ahead our troops will continue to support and train Iraqi forces, partner with Iraqis in counter-terrorism missions, and protect our civilians and military efforts. But the bottom line is this, the war is ending. Like any sovereign independent nation, Iraq is free to chart its own course. And by the end of next year, all our troops will be home” …

… After ending the combat mission, about 50 thousand U.S. troops will conduct training and assistance missions in Iraq, help with Iraqis in counterterrorism missions, and also protect U.S. civilian and military efforts there. (full text).

My comment: yes, it was worth to elect him, despite all negative comments he would not have resolved all problems in some days.

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