CNN: "Let me say this as plainly as I can: By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end," Obama will say, according to the officials.Sounds like good news right?
Congressional officials Thursday said the president told congressional leaders of his plan.
Under this plan, all combat troops will be withdrawn within 19 months of Obama's January inauguration, three months longer than his promise on the campaign trail.
But what is everyone complaining about? Obama's leaving behind 35,000 to 50,000 troops to do peaceful missions. They would be out by the end of 2011. And instead of being out in 16 months, we'll be out in 19 months.
This is huge.
If George Bush were still in office, the war would go on endlessly. If McCain was our president, same thing.
I'll post video of the announcement, which will be live at 11:45 am eastern. Obama is headed to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina now.