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Obama Visits Troops In Iraq

I was wondering if this would happen:

The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, met Obama shortly after Air Force One landed in Baghdad about 4:42 p.m. local time (9:42 a.m. ET).

Obama chose to visit Iraq rather than Afghanistan because of its proximity to Turkey, which Obama just visited, said Robert Gibbs, the president’s spokesman.

In addition, Obama wanted to discuss Iraq’s political situation with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Iraqi President Jalal Talibani, Gibbs said.

Mostly, however, the stop is about Obama visiting troops, he said.

Good – a tip of the cap. This is important and I’m glad to see President Obama made time to see the troops. We can get all cynical about a lot of things, but I, for one, appreciate the effort and the gesture.


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5 Responses to Obama Visits Troops In Iraq

  • I can appreciate it in the abstract, but Obama built virtually all of his initial political capital on the wish to fail in Iraq. As Don Corleone said to the heads of the other four families: And that I will not forgive.

    I’ll say it straight up: Obama gave renewed hope to terrorists and insurgents in Iraq and that got more of our guys killed. He wasn’t the only one doing that, but it got him the nomination, securing the Democratic Party’s nutjob base, and he rang it out, absurdly, as “Hope” and “Change.” Again, it inspired the enemy and brought more fire down on our troops.

    If you think my rhetoric is intemperate, consider how intemperate his rhetoric was leading into and through his campaign.

  • Do you know how big of a pain in the @$$ a visit from the president is?  Most of us would just prefer he sent a card… especially this one.

    Wonder when he’s going to sign the executive order to rename the Global War on Terrorism Medal to The Global Military Action Against  People Who Just Don’t Like Us And May Be Considered Freedom Fighters Or Terrorist Depending On Your Point Of View Medal.

  • Maybe the last time for a president visiting his troops in Irak.

  • He didn’t visit Normandy Beach.  Felt it would be showing favoritism to the French, and might offend the Germans.

  • Would have been nice if President Obama had really acknowledged the progress that had already been made in Iraq.  But, that would have been crediting President Bush with maybe getting something right.

    As of November 2008, 13 of Iraq’s 18 provinces have successfully transitioned to Provincial Iraqi Control (PIC). In fact, the current report, shows that the same provinces that hadn’t transitioned, are still the areas of concern for further transitioning.