Obama touts campaign promise in national security victory lap
President Obama announced Friday, October 21, 2011, that US troops would withdraw from Iraq by the end of this year.
October 22nd, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Obama touts campaign promise in national security victory lap

Washington (CNN) - President Obama may be fighting an uphill battle in trying to turn the nation's ailing economy around, but when it comes to national security his accomplishments are stacking up.

From killing Osama bin Laden and American al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, to the NATO-led effort that ended in the death of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, critics who have argued over the administration's foreign policy strategy are offering up muted praise.

The president is quick to point out that his latest move to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, ending the nearly nine-year war, fulfills a campaign promise.

It's a not so subtle reminder to a skeptical public as he battles low approval ratings and works to shore up his base ahead of the 2012 elections.

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  1. Victoria avgam54

    This pres has kept a lot of campaign promises and number one to me is the ability to not lose sight of his core convictions.

    October 22, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Victoria, let me remind you that Barry ran on the idea of closing Guantanamo, and on Jan 22, 2009, just two days after becoming president he signed and executive order to close GITMO. The press hailed his actions, CNN said ....

      Promising to return America to the "moral high ground" in the war on terrorism, President Obama issued three executive orders Thursday to demonstrate a clean break from the Bush administration, including one requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year.

      - Well two years and nine months after, GITMO is still up and running. In fact no one has even been tried for a crime, no one has been moved, nothing.

      How does a man justify saying "restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism." and yet his actions have been the opposite, leave prisoners to rot, kill heads of state with out trial.

      This is more than a break from a campaign promises, he has, as you say, lost sight of his core convictions.

      October 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Howard

      Libya is going sharia ... pulling our troops out of Iraq will invite an Iranian takeover ... Karzai is backing Pakistan against us ... and, obama takes a victory lap on his foreign policies, because 3 terrorists get assassinated ... while, biden boasts that their foreign pollicy should be used as a template throughout the region. And, when the caliphate arrives, thanks to their foolish blunders, they will try to blame it all on George Bush !!!

      October 24, 2011 at 12:29 am |
      • steveo

        All we saw was the monster in the foreground. It appears no one knew about the REAL power that was behind the uprising in Libya. Oops!

        October 25, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  2. Jay in NC

    President Bush negotiated with Iraq in November 2008, a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). It established that U.S. forces would be completely out of Iraq by December 311, 2011.

    Barry is only following an agreement made way before he ever took office.

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

    October 22, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Thelookingglass

      He is keeping his word, to ensure that it would happen. No matter what was agreed upon by Bush at the time, Time and situations changes things, especially in war time. Mr. Obama hater, what's your point?

      October 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • bob

        The point is, once again obama is taking credit for something he had nothing to do with and that is the SOFA. It just shows that obama is limited in his intellect.

        October 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
      • truindep

        read something other then what is on left wing networks , and sites

        October 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Bob....The point is Bush didn't get from the Iraqis what he wanted but signed SOFA anyway. Thanks to our current President American troops will be coming home and we will not keep at great expense several thousand troops and bases on Iraqi soil.

        You idiots (Jay/Howard) cannot rewrite history...if you want to blame the current Bush created economy on President Obama then you are going to have to give current credit for shutting down the Iraqi war and bringing our troops home to President Obama.

        You just can't live with the truth...that the Bush presidency was an abominable failure in every respect.

        October 24, 2011 at 11:03 am |
      • jsmoulder

        I know soldiers that are have marching orders to go to Iraq next year, so until those change I don’t believe Obama. And they are not security or embassy guards.

        October 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
      • Howard

        Obama's policies have resulted in Afganistan siding with Pakistan against America ... creating a Libya that goes sharia (with thousands of missing stinger missles) ... an Iraq which will be taken over by Iran ... and, the rest of the middle east, who we depend on for oil, to line up against us ... and, throwing our stongest mid-east ally, Israel, under the bus. In the mean time, Obama has diverted, blocked, or stopped all new oil drilling in the U.S.A., in favor of his impractical, inequitable, ineffective green pixie dust ... leaving America dependent on our adversaries for our energy ... and, all of this, while dramatically increasing our debt, and lowering our credit rating ...now, that's what I call terrible leadership. SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP obama as soon as possible !!!

        October 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • jean2009

      Yes Jay he signed the SOFA agreement and had two shoes thrown at him because many Iraqis wanted US troops out sooner. Don't try to rewrite George W. Bush's failed policies as a success...the Iraq war was not....without that war we would not have needed the exit plan written by the Iraqis.

      Things you are leaving out (or haven't taken the time to read or explain) is the SOFA agreement with Iraq was signed after the 2008 election. That Iraqis were feed up with Blackwater and the Military Industrial Complex.

      You want to give credit to George Bush who wanted an agreement that would have left us with 10's of thousands of troops remaining on Iraqi soil at the cost of $50 Billion per year....after costing us close to 5,000 lives, and the current tab of $800 Billion dollars (many borrowed).

      As I have said many times, putting boots on the ground is easier than safely removing them from a war situation and bringing them home. For that I thank our current Commander-in-Chief for sticking to the job and getting it done.

      October 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
      • Buzzer

        Sticking with it and getting the job done was not his position as senator or as candidate...but once he was elected he was "schooled" by foreign policy experts on day one of his first national security briefing. Good for him that he listened to the experts and took on a substantially different view of what to do once he was educated.

        October 24, 2011 at 2:40 am |
      • Howard

        Obama's policies have resulted in Afghanistan siding with Pakistan against America ... creating a Libya that goes sharia (with thousands of missing stinger missles) ... an Iraq which will be taken over by Iran ... and, the rest of the middle east, who we depend on for oil, to line up against us ... while throwing our strongest mid-east ally, Israel, under the bus. In the mean time, Obama has diverted, blocked, or stopped all new oil drilling in the U.S.A., in favor of his impractical, inequitable, ineffective green pixie dust ... leaving America dependent on our adversaries for our energy ... and, all of this, while dramatically increasing our debt, and lowering our credit rating ...now, that's what I call terrible leadership. SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP obama as soon as possible !!!

        October 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  3. ANGELA TING

    President Barrack Obama is a great leader of the country with strategy to meet all consequences, no matter what disagreement with the republican, he strongly believe what his fighting for the best of our poor people how to survive with the help of the government fund and to negotiate investors for the development of our business in progress and has the lucky charm power to captured those top evil power terrorist of the nations, our chinese beliefs President Obama has a good honest heart the KARMA is within his soul, he will stay in his office, more Success and Conquer to come was his winning glory through out the entire universe, God is within your glory, God bless your heart Pres. Obama..

    October 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Thelookingglass

      And a great big Amen to that!

      October 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Howard

      You got to be kidding ... obama is the worst President in the history of America. Hopefully, this country will be able to withstand another year of this inept, egotistical fool !!!
      Save America ... dump obama now !!!

      October 23, 2011 at 11:47 am |
      • jean2009

        Obama-Biden 2012

        October 23, 2011 at 11:52 am |
      • MarineVet

        You're clearly a complete moron. Take your little hate-ball and go play somewhere else.

        October 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
      • Howard

        Let's see ... Libya is going sharia ... pulling our troops out of Iraq will invite an Iranian takeover ... Karzai is backing Pakistan against us ... and, obama takes a victory lap on his foreign policies, because 3 terrorists get assassinated ... while, biden boasts that their foreign pollicy should be used as a template throughout the region. And, when the caliphate arrives, thanks to their foolish blunders, they will try to blame it all on George Bush !!!

        October 24, 2011 at 12:31 am |
      • jean2009

        @Howard...I doubt if you even have a clue as to what Sharia law is.

        October 24, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  4. 2020

    Americans are hurting, and frustrated as GOP and tea beggers continue to block programs to put people back to work. Wish they could feel our pain. On the President administration's foreign policy accomplishments, ha, the GOP candidates can only eat the dust. their yapping don't help.

    October 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • bob

      Can you explain how the government creates jobs? All i see this president doing is killing jobs. For example the coal industry in VA. The oil industry that could almost immediately create about 100K jobs in just a few months. Besides, the republicans are all for helping jump start the economy but obama doesn't want to pay for it. He just wants to borrow more money from China.

      October 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
      • Buzzer

        The only job that the government can create that is considered "permanent" are government jobs and thats only around 8% of the total number of jobs in America and infrastructure jobs are only temporary. There is great deal of concensus around the business community that this administration is most certainly not pro-business.

        October 24, 2011 at 2:53 am |
  5. Thelookingglass

    Now if they would just get out of the presidents way on domestic issues, this country would do a lot better.

    October 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  6. James

    Nothing but BS from Obama–He takes credit for what ever he wants too and Blames everybody else for his shortcomings–

    October 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • mikle

      100% agree.

      October 23, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • jean2009

      Bush definitely shouldn't be able to take credit since he got us into that unnecessary mess, and with the SOFA he signed he didn't get what he wanted which was our permanent presence and bases in Iraq. Nouri al-Maliki did get the exit agreement he wanted which was all American troops out of Iraq by December 31, 2011. George W. Bush got two shoes.

      I thank President Obama for getting us to the point of exiting from that ill advised war...for non-existent WMD. Thankfully we won't have troops and bases there for the next 100 years.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Pauli

      ... 80% of Iraq is peaceful, pourpeross, and becoming more pourpeross everyday."ok. i'll bite. which 80%? not in population as that would mean everywhere but the capital and thats not true. so it must mean geographically....ahhh thats it isn't it. misdirected statistics. the heartbeat of the GOP.ohhh and Gahrie said... hdhouse:I bet you believe we lost the Battle of Tet too..."Moron. It was the Tet Offensive. What you said is akin to the Battle of Christmas or the Battle of Labor Day. Please think before you write...although it does give most of us a good laugh.and now it is the democrat's war? the president is the commander and chief or did you skip that day in civics? the democratic congress HASN'T been sworn in yet you putz.but you can count on day one of the new congress that finally a party with balls will say to bush's strawdogs "get your asses in here and explain what you are doing". if you think that performance today by mr. bush was anything other than psychotic you need to get the wax out of your ears.

      April 5, 2012 at 1:04 am |
  7. farries

    thank you Mr. President!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  8. Dreamer96

    Newt Gingrich is speaking out against Obama's decision to withdrawl from Irag...

    Funny in a very sad ironic way, because Mr. Gingrich played such an important secret role in the planning of the war in the first place.. Hired as a consultant to the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board, by Rumsfled, and Cheney, Newt was involved from the start, that is in September of 2001, just days after the September 11th attack, invited to a 19 hours planning meeting at the Pentagon, on what to do in response to the 9-11-2001 attack. Even at this early date Newt was pushing the invasion of Iraq as the opportunity to replace Saddam....nothing more, the members of that meeting agreed to attack Iraq as soon as the initial phase of the war with Afghanistan was over. Newt has stated ”If we don’t use this as the moment to replace Saddam after we replace the Taliban, we are setting the stage for disaster.” Newt was right there with Cheney and Rumsfled involved in several meetings at the Pentagon and the CIA. One reference to back this up is a March 16th 2011 story by Megan Carpentier, just google it.

    Why so interested in outing Saddam? Well if you look back under Reagan you see a long connection...

    Under Reagan the U.S. used an Israeli operated arms dealer to sell U.S. missiles and weapons parts to Iran,in 1986, (was Reagan interfering with Carter's attempts to free the Hostages), then used the money to fund the Contras..

    To balance this sale of arms to Iran, and act as a counter-balance to Iran's power in the region, the US and Britain sold Saddam Hussein the technology and materials Iraq needed to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass including anthrax, sarin, and mustard gas...A german firm even sold Saddam and entire factories...

    Reagan removed Iraq from the list of states sponsoring terrorism,(1982), so duel use chemicals could be openly supplied to Iraq.

    Reagan staff at the time included V.P. Bush#1, Donald Rumsfled was Reagan's selected emissary to Saddam, and Dick Cheney...

    Under the Reagan and Bush#1 administration the CIA setup false front companies in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait to supply Saddam, this according to signed affidavit and interviews in 1995 with then National Security Counsel member Howard Teicher..

    So many of the players for the Iragi invasion after the 9-11-2011 attacks go back to Reagan giving the Anthrax and Sarin and mustard technology to Saddam in the first place...Weapons grade Antrhax that might have been the same found in letters in D.C., who really knows at this point..

    October 23, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • Dreamer96

      Saddam used his new chemical weapons on the Iranian army, and later on his own Kurds.

      Old weapons depots found and blownup by U.S. troops may well be the cause of the Gulf War Syndrome.

      Maybe the real reason Bush#1 did not want to push on to Baghdad was the lack of protective gear for the U.S. troops..If we had brought large numbers of troops together close to Baghdad, Sadam my have used those weapons on the U.S. forces, even though he was warned, that if he used weapons of mass destruction on our troops we would responsed with nuclear weapons....

      October 23, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Dreamer96

      I need to correct something I wrote earlier, I stated the following;

      Under Reagan the U.S. used an Israeli operated arms dealer to sell U.S. missiles and weapons parts to Iran,in 1986, (was Reagan interfering with Carter's attempts to free the Hostages), then used the money to fund the Contras..

      What I should have said was;

      Under Reagan the U.S. used an Israeli operated arms dealer to sell U.S. missiles and weapons parts to Iran,in 1986,
      the weapons sales was to get Irans help in freeing U.S. hostages in Lebanon.

      I was also mixing Oliver North's deals and suppling the Iranians secretly with weapons possibly to free the American hostages, and then used those funds to arm the Contras.

      And should have said
      Repeating the same thing Reagan did with Oliver North's deals and suppling the Iranians secretly with weapons possibly to free the American hostages, and then used those funds to arm the Contras. (was Reagan interfering with Carter's attempts to free the Hostages).

      Sorry for mixing the two, I am very aware that any incorrect data in used to invalidate the whole set of data..

      October 23, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  9. Sam

    Republicans: Killing Jobs for Millions to Deprive One Man of His

    October 23, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  10. Dee

    Jay of NC, Howard its very obvious you don't like President Obama from all of the negative comments you have been making so I hope you vote for Perry.

    What our President has acomplished no one can take it away from him not even you and if you are not satisfied leave the country we are tired of the whinning.

    October 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Give us a break. Iraq kicked us out, and he knows it. we aren't leaving because he planned it that way.

    October 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  12. Raj

    Obama is the best US president ever.

    October 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • jsmoulder

      I don't care who you are, that's some funny stuff right there!!

      October 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • jean2009

      Thanks Raj!

      October 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is actually the worst President in US history, surpassing Jimmy Carter to earn that title.

    October 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • jean2009

      Ronald Reagan worst and George W. Bush running a close second for worst of my 76 years.

      Although I've heard GW Bush ranks 39th on the Sienna College Poll. Carter has never been in the bottom 5, neither has Reagan, but GW Bush has.

      October 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  14. kg

    The agreement for US troops to leave Iraq was made under Bush. Team Obambam was negotiating with the Iraqi Government to keep US troops in Iraq past 2011, not near the same number of troops but still US troops on Iraqi soil. He only made the decision to leave Iraq altogether when the Iraqis would not agree to provide immunity to US troops who may do something illegal or something perceived as illegal by the Iraqis. I was no Bush fan but Obama is selling a load of bull when he says he is doing this to achieve some campaign promise he made. But that probably doesn't matter to an electorate of fools who made him the Chief of fools.

    October 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  15. Sashas1971

    I can only offer the following and let it speak for itself:

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/149966/obama-september-approval-rating-remains-term-low.aspx

    Only Jimmy Carter got a lower mark at this time during his presidency. It's quite apparent to me that most of the people who have commented here are in the minority.

    October 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Stephanie Palmer

    I've heard a lot of Republicans saying that Obama has put us in more jeopardy by announcing the withdrawal of our troops. They say they don't want all of our hard work to have been in vain. What does this mean? Well, if they actually thought before they opened their mouths, they would realize that leaving our troops in Iraq would expose the soldiers to further maiming and death. I notice that the congress members don't have children there. And you could count probably on two hands the number of members who actually served in the military, so I guess they're mostly full of crap. Anything to disrespect our president. They're disgusting and the people who vote for them have a great deal to answer for not the least of which is over 4,000 dead Americans.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • jean2009

      Well said...thank you.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • jsmoulder

      Until current orders are changed, soldiers are going there next year. So I don't believe your god and savior yet.

      October 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • jean2009

        Where is your proof...link...etc.

        "McDonough: U.S. Military Brass 'Absolutely' OK With Iraq Withdrawal by 2012" – Judy Woodruff posted PBS News Hour10/21/2011. Approximately 150-160 to remain for embassy security and training.

        Or, are you going by McCain's wish to jam 3000 to 20,000 troops down Iraq's throat? On -Read Between The Lines.....

        May I remind you McCain and the ditz from Alaska lost, and the current Commander-in-Chief just issued orders that our troops will be out by December 31, 2011.

        October 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean, the current Commander-in-Chief did not issued orders that our troops will be out by December 31, 2011. This was all planed before he became president. Remember President Bush signed the orders back in 2008.

        October 25, 2011 at 3:38 am |
      • Ago

        Leaving an implanted US gnrovement thousands of troops in Iraq is tantamount to allowing the US to monitor oil deliveries on new contracts to force Iraq to pay their former debts before invasion pay for the entire war in oil which provides a way to rob Iraq legally. It's remotely controlling Iraq without being there much having destroyed as many insurgents is a possible. A full force troop return if things get out of control is a possibility! Voila! Oil take over in 9 years. Nice grab!

        April 2, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Thanks Thelookingglass.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  18. moncler jassen

    What in the world is going on in New Mexico and Arizona? You have freakin Drug Lords running all over down there.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:28 am |