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Obama in 2009: 'We Will Begin to Responsibly Leave Iraq to Its People'

1:29 PM, Jun 12, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
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As the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate, President Obama's Iraq policy is coming under increasing scrutiny.  On the Senate floor today, Senator John McCain even said: "It's time that the president got a new national security team." But the White House website's page on Iraq continues to tout Iraq as a "promise kept," noting that in President Obama's first inauguration speech, he said, "We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people," a mission he gave his national security team on his first full day in office:

The text at the bottom of the above image says "On President Obama’s first full day in office, he directed his national security team to undertake a comprehensive review of our strategy in Iraq to determine the best way to strengthen that foundation, while strengthening America's national security." 

In 2010, Vice President Biden even called Iraq one of President Obama's "great achievements."  But two and a half years after the president's October 2011 remarks on "ending the war in Iraq," that legacy is in grave doubt.

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