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White House Adviser: Iraq Troop Withdrawal a 'Remarkable Achievement'

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White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Tuesday the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq is a "truly remarkable achievement." But he did not answer directly when asked if the nation would still be "at war" after the formal shift from a combat mission to one of support for Iraqi military units after Aug. 31.

"Right now, we still have two theaters of military operations: Iraq and Afghanistan," Brennan said during a briefing for reporters on Martha Vineyard, where President Obama is vacationing with his family.
White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan
Fewer than 50,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, according to Brennan, whose official title is assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. "After Sept. 1," he said at the top of the briefing, "the United States will have a different mission, one of advising and assisting Iraqi security forces, joining the Iraqis in targeted counterterrorism operations and protecting U.S. troops and civilians who remain in Iraq."

Obama, who ran for president as an anti-war candidate, is scheduled to address the nation on Iraq early next week, tentatively Aug. 31.

In Washington on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden used language similar to Brennan's, calling the drawdown a "remarkable milestone in a war that began more than seven years ago." The reduction to fewer than 50,000 troops makes good on a commitment that Obama made before taking office, Biden said. "We owe a debt of gratitude to our military.

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Interesting that Obanana decided to pull the troops right before an election November. You think he'll be out of Afghanistan right before his re-election run in 2012?

September 05 2010 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To paraphrase Mr. Brennan; Thank You President Bush !!

August 24 2010 at 9:44 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

I love how the democrats are trying to take credit for Iraq, without giving credit where it is due. It was the surge that stablized Iraq, obama, biden and the democrats said it wouldn't work. NO GUTS NO GLORY

August 24 2010 at 7:45 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to tnickerson08's comment

we shouldn't have been there in the first place...get it. There were no weapons of mass destruction...and Iraq had nothing to do with 911. It was all a big lie told by Bush, Cheney and Rummy boy.

August 24 2010 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

we didnt go to iraq to build a nation we went because Republicans and Bush got the intell on Iraq all wrong evan after being warned that their intell was supicious

August 24 2010 at 11:34 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

This was already scheduled before this administration even took what remarkable achievement are they reffering to?

August 24 2010 at 6:44 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply

Anyone remember, not too long ago, how this failure known as the Iraq war started? Thousands and thousands of WMD lies by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove and the rest of them and the awarding of HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS in no-bid contacts to Halliburton, where Cheney was the CEO before he became the worst vice-president in history Yes it is a success that we are finally startin to withdraw our combat troops and hopefully, in a year , all will be out. Unfortunately, we left a shattered country, nad in additin to costing us a wasted TRILLION dollars, almost 40,000 of our troops were either killed or seriously wounded---WHAT A SHAME-----FOR NOTHING

August 24 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse -12 rate up rate down Reply

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