Iraq Withdrawal: What the Media Are Saying
President Barack Obama announced Friday morning that U.S. troops would be pulled out of Iraq by year's end. The news comes nearly nine years after President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of the country.
The President said, "The U.S. leaves Iraq with our heads held high" and that the country will continue to provide assistance to Iraq's government in "a strong and enduring partnership."
Media reaction to the announcement came quickly via Twitter, with some pointing out the president's accomplishments in the Middle East and others questioning the effect the withdrawal will have on the region, and the general cost of war.
The Washington Post's Jackson Diehl: "Obama: 'The long war in #Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.' Except for Iraqis. And Iran."
CNN's Piers Morgan: "Obama said he'd get #BinLaden and he did. He said he'd get #Gadhafi and he did. He said he'd end #Iraq war, and he has. Impressive."
Reuters contributor Pedro da Costa: "Little to celebrate. RT @thinkprogress Number of U.S. military fatalities in Iraq: 4479. Total cost of #Iraq war as of March: $806 billion."
Also from da Costa: "Dear President @BarackObama: can you promise our troops good jobs when they come home from #Iraq?"
The Nation's Jeremy Scahill: "I bet there's some champagne popping in some State Department private security contractors' offices right about now. #Iraq"
NBC News' Andrea Mitchell: "President says as promised after almost 9 yrs america's war in #Iraq will be over after Iraq wouldnt grant legal protection to troops."
NBC's Luke Russert: "#Iraq KIA: 4,469. Wounded: 32,213. Amputees: 1,146. Cost to date: $712.2 billion."
New York Times' Brian Stelter: "RT @jeffzeleny: Obama says, "After nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over." He does not use the word victory in his statement."
Talking Points Memo's Benjy Sarlin: "In 2012 Obama will be able to say he ended Iraq War, killed Bin Laden, deposed Qaddafi. Pretty impressive bullet points for one term."
The Nation's Christopher Hayes: TNR on Zakaria: "He was for the Iraq war when almost everybody was for it, criticized it when almost everybody criticized it" #pottokettle"