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‘Mission accomplished’ redux – Obama declares ‘our combat mission in Iraq will end’

Today, President Obama visited Camp Lejeune, N.C., to declare his scheduled end to the war in Iraq on August 31, 2010:

Even though 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq, Obama claims “mission accomplished.”

I know, I know; Obama didn’t actually say “mission accomplished.” But then neither did President Bush, when he declared “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” in front of that banner requested by the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Today, Obama said, “Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end.”

Mission accomplished or not, we have been telling you for nearly a year that Obama would leave significant numbers of troops in Iraq and that his 16-month withdrawal timetable wasn’t doable.

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