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Obama Iraq War

It's Time Obama Lowered the Bar for Success in Iraq

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Tara Sonenshine

For many decades the United States has sought macro wins on foreign policy -- big-ticket successes like invading Iraq, solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, bringing down Libyan dictator Mohammar Qaddafi, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, and other notable goals only to see gains reversed and goal posts moved. So maybe it is time to scope ambitions and seek smaller prizes.

For Obama, Fresh Questions About How Wars End

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama outlined a timetable for the gradual withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in Afghanista...

Say WHAT?!

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Media

President Obama's surprisingly warm words about the Iraq War on Wednesday caused the equivalent of a double take all over Twitter. Many have said t...

War's Violence and Why It Matters

John Tirman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Tirman

The war memorials so famously closed during the GOP-induced shutdown are notable for many things, but one of them is rarely mentioned -- the absence of any mention of the civilians who were killed in the wars. It's a national habit to ignore those civilians. And so it is with Iraq.

Iraq War Haunts Obama On Syria

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The painful legacy of the Iraq war has complicated President Barack Obama's efforts to muster support for military action against S...

National Security Leadership: A Litmus Test

Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld

March 19th would mark nine years in Iraq -- had the president not drawn down our forces last year. This non-anniversary deserves a moment to recognize the importance of electing tough and smart civilian leaders.

Obama Marks End Of Iraq War

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Blending solemn tradition with joyous reunion, the top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq returned home to U.S. soil Tuesday,...

Obama Repeats Line Over And Over Again

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Over and over, the Iraq war is over. President Barack Obama, who opposed the war all the way to the White House, can't remind peop...

Obama Marks End Of Iraq War With Speech To Troops

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — President Barack Obama on Wednesday saluted troops returning from Iraq, asserting that the nearly nine-year conflict was endi...

Half an Ending for the Iraq War

Richard Klass | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics
Richard Klass

Sometime before the end of the month, probably by Christmas, the last American troops will leave Iraq and the U.S. military venture in Iraq will come to a close with a whimper, not a bang.

Obama Is A Peacemaker

Robert Weller | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics
Robert Weller

Many who had voted for him believed he had let them down, that he was spineless. That kind of talk has stopped, at least for the moment.

Politicians React To Obama's Iraq Troop Withdrawal Announcement

Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year. "As a candidate for president, ...

The End of the Iraq War Is in Sight

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

All America can do, at this point, is beg the Iraqis to come together and put aside their political differences, and do what we want them to do.

Obama: Afghanistan War To See Transition

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the Iraq war is coming to an end and the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan will begin in July. In...

Ryan Grim

Barney Frank Wants All Troops Home From Iraq: 'What The Hell Are They Doing There?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) called on Friday for President Obama to bring the 50,000 troops remaining in Iraq back home to the United States, arguing ...

Obama To Honor Troops As Iraq Combat Mission Ends

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Claiming no victory, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declar...

Seven Years Later, Family of Man Killed in Iraq Soldiers On

Aaron Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aaron Glantz

It is estimated that the 5,398 U.S military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan had left 3,779 children without a parent, while 2,669 spouses had been widowed.

Obama's Iraq Speech: Video, Full Text

Huffintgon Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Video of President Obama's speech will be added soon. Remarks of President Barack Obama - As Prepared for Delivery Responsibly Ending the War in Ira...

Ryan Grim

McCain Backs Obama's Iraq War Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Had history turned out otherwise on November 4, 2008, the approach to the economic recovery might be radically different. But, in an indication of ho...

Tom Ricks: Obama's War In Iraq May Last Longer Than Bush's

Foreign Policy | Tom Ricks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

News flash for the president-elect: All our troops are combat troops. It isn't like some American soldiers stroll around Iraq unarmed. Nor do the insu...

My Son Is Why We Fight So Hard

Teresa McCoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Teresa McCoy

My son served in Falluja for 16 months. He lost his best friend on that battlefield, and the experience profoundly changed him. When they sent our son home, he was only a shell of his former self.

Obama Takes Surge Criticism Off Website

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's aides have removed criticism of President Bush's increase of troops to Iraq from the campaign Web site, part of an e...

Obama: I Haven't Moved To The Center

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. — Asked by a voter about accusations of flip-flopping, Democrat Barack Obama dismissed the notion Tuesday that he has shifte...

Fierce Iraq Fighting Forces War Back Onto Campaign Trail

The New York Times | MICHAEL COOPER and LARRY ROHTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The heavy fighting that broke out last week as Iraqi security forces tried to oust Shiite militias from Basra is reverberating on the presidential cam...