And a man who keeps his promises! We couldn't be more proud today of this country than we are right now!
President Barack Obama has confirmed today that after nine years of American troops stationed overseas in Iraq, the war that began in the spring of 2003 will be over by January 1st, and that most U.S. troops will be "home for the holidays!"
He says in a statement:
"After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over. The coming months will be another season of homecomings. Across America, our servicemen and women will be reunited with their families … This December will be a time to reflect on all that we've been through in this war. "[He and Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki are in] full agreement about how to move forward. [Our troops will exit Iraw] with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. With our diplomats and civilian advisers in the lead, we will help Iraqis strengthen institutions that are just, representative, and accountable. We'll build new ties of trade and of commerce, culture and education that unleash the potential of the Iraqi people. We'll partner with an Iraq that contributes to regional security and peace, just as we insist that other nations respect Iraq's sovereignty. I would note that the end of war in Iraq reflects a larger transition. The tide of war is receding."
Watch his incredible, fully speech in its entirety (above)!
Such an unbelievably proud day for America and all of its people, that we're sure we will always remember!
May this ignite the shift in this country that it so desperately needs!
The time to end violence is NOW! No more innocent lives need to be lost!
God Bless the U.S.A.!