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What the President Should Have Said at Fort Bragg

Monday, December 19, 2011

President Obama traveled to the politically-significant state of North Carolina to mark the end of the Iraq war.  His speech to returning soldiers and their families was empty platitudes, with a heavy emphasis on the war being over and our troops being home for Christmas.  It reprised the President’s standard theme of treating all veterans as victims, rather than celebrating the strength they and their families have.  Here’s what he might have said to make our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines know he genuinely valued their service:

In 2006 I opposed the surge in Iraq.  I didn't believe it was possible to turn the war around.  But you did.  You believed and you made it true.   Iraq is a stable and democratic country today because you believed when others didn't.  I'm humbled to serve as your Commander in Chief.  What you proved in Iraq led me to adopt the same strategy for Afghanistan, where your brothers and sisters continue the fight today.  As I welcome you home to your country and your families, let us pray for those brave Americans right now engaged in the fight.