Obama To Iraq Vets: ‘Your Service Belongs To The Ages’
December 14, 2011 by staff
Obama To Iraq Vets: ‘Your Service Belongs To The Ages’, President Obama welcomed home U.S. troops in Fort Bragg, N.C., on Wednesday as America concludes its nearly nine-year-old war in Iraq.
Speaking to 3,000 U.S. servicemembers and their families who gathered in an airplane hangar on this military installation, Obama thanked the troops for their service and said the military was now entering a season of homecoming as the last U.S. troops leave Iraq in the coming days.
“One of the most extraordinary chapters in the history of the American military will come to an end,” Obama said. “Iraq’s future will be in the hands of its people. America’s war in Iraq will be over. We knew this day would come. We have known it for some time now. But still, there is something profound about the end of a war that has lasted so long.”
Dating back to his days as an Illinois state senator, Obama characterized the war in Iraq as a “dumb war.” In a speech h delivered in the lead up to the war in 2002, Obama derided President George W. Bush’s advisers Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle — two of the Bush administration’s most prominent backers of launching the war — as “weekend warriors” who were attempting to “shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.”
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