Today, President Obama announced the withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq by August 2010 in Camp Lejuene, NC. After Obama’s speech, the AP interviewed several soldiers at the military base. While conservatives have long insisted that service members do not want to withdraw from Iraq, the troops interviewed heaped praise on Obama’s military agenda and the withdrawal timetable:
PETTY OFFICER RYAN JUNKIN: All around pretty good feeling. It’s good that he gave some direction. … Because I don’t think we really had a whole lot of direction with what’s going on. It’s kind of defined now.
SGT. ALDWIN DEL ROSARIO: My biggest take away is that he had dates, and he plans to meet those goals and those dates.
LANCE COPL. CODELL CAMPBELL: Iraq got all our full attention for the past years. A lot of fellow Marines have died trying to make the country better. … Afghanistan is where the real fight is.
“I thought the war would go on and on,” said Pvt. John R. Brown, who watched the President’s speech on Armed Forces Network in Iraq. “I thought it would never end.”