Obama will talk with George W. Bush on ending the Iraq war.
Obama no “victory” in Iraq
The U.S. president said that “much remains to be done” in the country
The troop withdrawal is the largest logistical operation since World War II
“Today Iraq is sovereign and independent,” the chairman Nuri Al Maliki
On 31 August has been an important day in Iraq. It has staged the total withdrawal of U.S. combat troops. “Today Iraq is sovereign and independent” according to the chairman Nuri Al Maliki. Obama speaks of “historic withdrawal” but refuses to “victory” because there is still much “done in the country.”
It is time that U.S. combat troops leave Iraq.
“Today Iraq is sovereign and independent, will take their own decisions about their present and future. This date will remain immortal as a festival for the Iraqi people. Our brave security forces will lead the security and national defense, protecting it from internal threats and external “
This has been the acting Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki, who has received the visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The American press for the formation of a government that had to be appointed for months. The current interim violates the Constitution and this can give wings to the insurgency.
In fact, it is feared a resurgence of violence to take advantage of political chaos, fraught with ethnic and religious struggles as well as an unparalleled corruption and fueled by the occupation.
The President Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office after paying tribute to the military in Andrews Air Force Base. He speaks of the historic pullout, but uses polite language, far from the giddy optimism of George W. Bush.
Hours before the televised speech, the President traveled to Fort Bliss, Texas, to meet with soldiers who have returned from Iraq and to congratulate them for their work on the front, but reminded them that the struggle continues at another point, in Afghanistan, that will require new “sacrifices” to the military and their families.
Obama, who came to call “stupid” war in Iraq started by George W. Bush called his predecessor before heading to the nation to set an end to military operations. The U.S. President will not hold a personal interview with Bush, who retreated to his residence in that state after leaving the presidency.
“Sovereign and independent country”
Outgoing Prime Minister of Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki said the country is sovereign and independent and capable of ensuring their own safety. “Iraqis, you have an appointment with a new national holiday in which recuperáis sovereignty dibujáis your country and your future with your hands. Iraq is now sovereign and independent,” said Al Maliki in a speech to the nation.
He also emphasized the ability of Iraqi forces to maintain security in the country in the new stage which begins tomorrow. “I reassured about the ability of our forces to take responsibility,” said the outgoing prime minister, who insisted on the “leadership role they will play from now Iraqi security forces.”