Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Today, President Barack Obama officially brought an end to combat operations in Iraq - 2679 days after his predecessor declared "Mission Impossible". I am so elated that we have finally reached this moment that I will not go on a rant about my thoughts on the war.

However, if you want a really good book on the war and the culpability of the previous administration, read Vincent Bugliosi's "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder". (Vincent Bugliosi received his law degree in 1964. In his career at the L.A. County District Attorney's office, he successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder convictions without a single loss. His most famous trial was the Charles Manson case.)

We can argue the merits of the war, but we can't argue about who brought the combat phase to an end. Thank you President Obama!


1. Transcript: President Obama's Oval Office Speech on Iraq. [FOX News]
2. Video: President Obama's Oval Office Speech on Iraq. [BBC News]
3. 'Time to turn the page,' Obama says in Oval Office address on the Iraq war. [Kansas City Star]
4. Obama looks beyond Iraq. [Los Angeles Times]

5. Troops, families glad to hear end to Iraq combat. [The Associated Press]
6. Iraqis approach end of US combat role with worry. [The Associated Press]
7. Obama notes rift with predecessor. [Politico]
8. A rallying call for battles ahead. [The Boston Globe]

9. Obama's Iraq address. [Guardian - UK]
10. A grim speech for a grim war. [Politico]
11. Obama's Iraq speech: what they're saying. [BBC News]
12. Obama's Oval Office speech was good, but the gravitas was great. [The Washington Post]

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