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'change' In Iraq Mission, Not 'mission Accomplished'

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A political stalemate gripping Baghdad and the threat of violence looming, President Obama will mark a milestone Tuesday as the United States ends combat operations in Iraq -- but the White House says it is not declaring "mission accomplished."

The president plans to visit and thank soldiers at Fort Bliss in Texas before returning to Washington to deliver an Oval Office address to the nation. He will formally end a combat mission that lasted more than seven years and left more than 4,400 U.S. troops dead.

Though the last combat brigade has left the country, the White House is trying to manage expectations for the final product of a war Obama vocally opposed as a state and U.S. senator.

"This is not a victory lap," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told Fox News. "You're not going to see any 'Mission Accomplished' banners that'll be unfurled."

He said the administration is mindful that violence will persist and troops will remain through next year but that the "transition" to Iraqi responsibility is key. The political deadlock in Iraq after elections failed to produce a new government poses a hurdle to that goal, but Gibbs said the country is "making progress."

The White House sees Tuesday's benchmark as a promise kept and has gone to great lengths to promote it as such, dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to Iraq to preside over a formal change-of-command ceremony and raising Tuesday night's remarks to the level of an Oval Office address, something Obama has only done once before.

Among Obama's goals on Tuesday is honoring those who have served in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion, many returning to the battlefield for multiple tours of duty. Gibbs said Monday that while the Iraq war would have never happened had Obama been commander in chief at the time, the president holds the service and sacrifice of the troops in high regard.

Since the start of the war, 200,000 personnel from Fort Bliss have deployed to Iraq, serving in every major phase of the war. Fifty-one soldiers from the base died there and many more were wounded.

Last week, some 600 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned to the base as part of Obama's self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline for having all U.S. combat troops out of Iraq. Just about 50,000 U.S. troops will remain, down from a peak of nearly 170,000 in 2007. U.S. troops will no longer be allowed to go on combat missions unless requested and accompanied by Iraqi forces.

Administration officials have been careful to avoid equating the end of the combat mission with a mission accomplished. That was the phrase on the now-infamous banner that flew on an aircraft carrier seven years ago when President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq, a symbol the Bush White House came to deeply regret as the war dragged on.

"You won't hear those words coming from us," Gibbs said Monday. "Obviously tomorrow marks a change in our mission."

Under a security agreement signed between the U.S. and Iraq before Obama took office, all U.S. forces must leave Iraq by the end of 2011. But the Obama administration insists the U.S. is not abandoning Iraq and is ramping up a diplomatic corps to help stabilize the country's government and economy over the coming years.

"This redoubles the efforts of the Iraqis," Gibbs said Monday. "They will write the next chapter in Iraqi history, and they will be principally responsible for it. We will be their ally, but the responsibility of charting the future of Iraq first and foremost belongs to the Iraqis."

Ahead of Tuesday night's remarks, Obama also planned to speak with Bush. While Bush's decision to invade Iraq was criticized by many, the troop surge Bush ordered in 2007 has been credited with tamping down violence in Iraq and helping keep the country from falling into a civil war. Obama opposed the surge, raising the question of whether he'll give Bush any credit in Tuesday's address for the role the increase in troops played in leading the war to its end.

Some officials and groups have pressed Obama to credit the troops as well as the policies enacted under the Bush administration.

"The president should take this moment to acknowledge the success of the surge strategy and thank our troops for winning the war on the ground, thereby creating the conditions for this moment," the veterans group Vets for Freedom said in a written statement. Edited by Soto

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Todos ya sabemos que Barack Obama es alergico a que su propio pais gane sus guerras, el mismo lo dijo publicamente.


Pero por lo menos ustedes izquierdistas no estan chacoteando y burlandose de "la derrota de Bush en la Guerra De Iraq" asi que lo considero una tremenda victoria. Felicidades a las tropas americanas y aliadas que 'kicked ass and took names', y a la administracion de George W. Bush que supo mantener la linea en contra de los derrotistas democratas que tenian una inversion politica en la derrota militar americana. Nuevamente los democratas izquierdistas se alinean al lado incorrecto de la historia.

[color="#000080"][size="5"][b]V I Day, Victory in Iraq Day[/b][/size][/color] para nuestras tropas, aunque Obama no lo reconozca.

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Bush derroto a EEUU con la guerra en irak. Por eso estamos como estamos hoy. Weak economy!

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[quote name='Soto' date='31 August 2010 - 10:13 AM' timestamp='1283267597' post='2907632']
Bush derroto a EEUU con la guerra en irak. Por eso estamos como estamos hoy. Weak economy!
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Otra falacia, aprende y no comas berros:
[img]http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/deficits-iraq-stimulus.jpg[/img]

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La verdad duele!

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Lo único que Artaguito no ha hecho es besarle el nayal al GOP. (GWB incluído)
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