Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech
July 23rd, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's presidential campaign touted the candidate's achievement of ending U.S. involvement in Iraq in a web video Monday, hours ahead of Obama's address at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nevada.

The video also came the same day attacks across Iraq killed at least 44 people and wounded dozens more. While overall attacks have dropped off in Iraq since the height of violence in 2006, insurgents have routinely targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians since the United States withdrew its troops in December.

The video from Obama's campaign centers on a parade held in St. Louis in January, the first major "welcome home" ceremony to be held by a major U.S. city.

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Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • Veterans

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  1. Steveo

    President Obama want to take credit for the end of the Iraq war? No doubt the war ended under his adminstration, that is real. BUT what is also real is the agreement to withdraw from Iraq was signed by President BUSH! The current adminstration simply followed the time line laid out by the previous administration!

    July 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • ReaiityBites

      ie.., Obama campaign hails BUSH.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    President Bush signed the U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement before Obama ever took office. The established that U.S. combat forces would withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, and all U.S. forces wouldl be completely out of Iraq by December 31, 2011.

    October 15, 2011, the Obama Administration was forced to withdraw American forces from Iraq because of concerns that they would not have be given immunity from Iraqi courts.

    That fact that President Bush ended the Iraq war pains Obama, Liberals and the media.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S.%E2%80%93Iraq_Status_of_Forces_Agreement

    July 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  3. DEcember 2012

    SOOOO? PRESIDENT BUSH CAN GO AHEAD AND TAKE CREDIT TO IF HE WANTS TO. SO MUCH BLAME HAS BEEN LAID ON OBAMA'S FEET BECAUSE IT HAPPENED DURING HIS TENURE. LET'S NOT GET HYPOCRITICAL ABOUT THIS.

    July 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • John

      Obama has been blamed? For what? Show me one story in CNN's history that blames him for anything.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • J

      Are you kidding me? He never gets blamed for anything. Mostly because people like you and the media don't seem to think he needs to be accountable for anything, even 3 1/2 years into his term. Continue to give him a pass. Who will he blame if he's reelected? The last President? I wait that would be him.

      July 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Steveo

      dude,

      Bush is not attempting to take credit fo rthis, President Obama is ! Just read the story headlline "Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech". I am not blaming him for this. All I am saying is the end was signed off before He got into office! NO credit and NO blame! That is all I'm saying!

      July 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      SO IT IS NOW OSTRICH MENTALITY IS IT? HE HASN'T BEEN BLAMED FOR ANYTHING? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT CNN, THIS VERY ARTICLE DOES NOT EVEN INVOLVE CNN OTHER THAN THE REPORTING! JUST GO THROUGH THE COMMENTS ON THIS SITE TO SEE HOW MANY THINGS OBAMA HAS BEEN BLAMED FOR. STOP PLAYING DUMB ALL OF A SUDDEN.

      OBAMA HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE CREDIT, OR BLAME FOR PULLING OUT OF IRAQ BECAUSE HE CARRIED IT OUT. IT HAPPENED ON HIS WATCH. GET OVER IT.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
      • John

        So he is also responsible for the poor economy, high unemployment, etc. – you can't have it both ways.

        July 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
      • John

        BTW, Obama takes credit for everything good and blame for nothing bad. I am not sure what world you have been living in, but I have to say – you are consistent.

        July 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        JOHN, CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT HE HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR THAT YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY SAY HE SHOULD NOT HAVE? WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU MEAN BY "GOOD"? THAT IS NOT EXACTLY CLEAR IN THIS ERA OF HYPER-PARTISANSHIP.

        FOR ALL THE THINGS YOU BLAMED HIM FOR, CAN YOU ABSOLUTELY AND HONESTLY SAY IT IS 100% HIS FAULT?

        AND NOW FOR THE BOTTOM LINE: THE MAN IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION AND HE'S TRYING TO MAKE HIMSELF LOOK GOOD TO THE VETS. SHOCKING.

        July 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Howard

      HYPOCRITICAL ??? Obama is the biggest hypocrite this country has ever seen.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        OOOOH BIGGEST HYPOCRITE. WHY IS THAT HOWIE? CARE TO ENLIGHTEN US WITH YOUR EXPERTISE ON HYPOCRISY?

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        July 24, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  4. J

    Yeah real great, he got us out of Iraq but sent more troops to Afghanistan and now more Americans have died since Jan 2009 in Afghanistan than in the 8 years previous.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      IT IS HARSH BUT THE REALITY IS, THERE IS STILL AN ONGOING WAR IN AFGHANISTAN SO UNFORTUNATELY THERE WILL BE CASUALTIES. THE SOONER IT IS FINISHED THE BETTER.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  5. demwit

    Errr..., didn't like over a hundred Iraqi's die today?? Not that it has anything to do with Obama...

    July 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Steveo

      No blame! We are no longer there!

      July 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      WERE ANY AMERICANS KILLED? NO. IT IS TIME FOR IRAQIS TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. I KNOW PEOPLE LIKE MCCAIN WOULD LOVE FOR US TO GO BACK THERE BUT THAT'S NOT HAPPENING. WE HAVE BEEN THERE LONG ENOUGH AND FOR THAT MATTER WE SHOULD ALSO PULL OUT OF AFGHANISTAN.

      July 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • jerry

      how many Syrians died today? Shall we tai about africa now? Whats happening in Pakistain...that is after o'idiot screwed that one up too.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        WHAT ELSE JERRY? SHOULD WE BLAME OBAMA FOR GREECE AND SPAIN TOO? ARE YOU SO SCARED THAT WE ARE NO LONGER PLAYING SUPERCOP TO THE ENTIRE WORLD? YOU KNOW WHAT YOU SOUND LIKE RIGHT NOW? JUST LIKE THOSE PEOPLE IN THOSE COUNTRIES BLAMING THE USA FOR ALL THEIR PROBLEMS. THE DIFFERENCE IS, THEY'RE SOMEWHAT RIGHT. IT IS TIME TO STOP WITH THE MEDDLING AND LET THESE COUNTRIES DECIDE THEIR OWN FATE.

        BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT'S NOT HAPPENING. WE WILL STILL MEDDLE, WE PROBABLY ALREADY ARE BUT WE DON'T KNOW IT YET. BUT BY ALL MEANS, KEEP BLAMING OBAMA FOR NOT FOLLOWING "NEO" (FAKE) CON AGENDAS.

        July 24, 2012 at 12:50 am |
      • Bill in STL

        If you want ot then go ahead Dec.... thats your business... and a very stupid question

        July 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  6. Evelyn

    Go back to that time and u will c for yourselves what happened back then. Libraries have back issues of newspaers.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  7. judy

    the repos are having a hard time understanding the facts. Great president . we really don't care what the dumb sheep repos have to say . Most is lies anyway.They keep saying the same untrue stuff over and over. Obama got us out or Iraq and will get us out of Afganistan unless milktoats gets in office then we will be back in a war somewhere. Once his donors tell him where.

    July 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • jerry

      typical racist comment from a typical marxist racist.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Howard

      THE REPOS NEED TO REPRO THE WHITE HOUSE !!!

      July 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      THE 'REPOS' NEED TO FIGURE WHAT THEY REALLY ARE INSTEAD OF JUST BEING ANTI-OBAMA

      July 24, 2012 at 1:18 am |
  8. jerry

    I see o'idiot is taking bows again...well we combat veterans know a phony when we see one. This guy is a bush wacker...its in his genes...he does not have an American brain.....be wonderful when he slinks back into his hole.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  9. Bill in STL

    Its all part of that hopey changy thing.... Even the poverty levels are reaching the 1965 levls .... yep hopey changey....

    July 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
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    August 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm |