Sunday, October 23, 2011

Obama: Gadhafi, Iraq show renewed US leadership

Boston.com, October 22, 2011|Darlene Superville, Associated Press
  • President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, where he declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by years end.
President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in… (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
 
President Barack Obama says the death of Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi and the end of the Iraq war are powerful reminders of America’s renewed leadership in the world.

At the same time, Obama said Saturday that the U.S. now must tackle its “greatest challenge as a nation’’ — rebuilding a weak economy and creating jobs — with the “same urgency and unity that our troops brought to their fight.’’

Obama informed the nation on Friday that the long and costly war in Iraq will be over by the end of the year and that some 40,000 U.S. servicemen and women still there “will definitely be home for the holidays.’’

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