at-Largely: What the President actually said…

at-Largely: What the President actually said…
What the President actually said…

The President’s speech took some time to understand, but after several passes over the transcript, it became clear that cutting troops in Iraq was not the centerpiece, although that is likely what everyone will focus on. The NYT transcript is HERE. He begins as follows (emph mine):

“In Iraq, an ally of the United States is fighting for its survival. Terrorists and extremists who are at war with us around the world are seeking to topple Iraq’s government, dominate the region, and attack us here at home. If Iraq’s young democracy can turn back these enemies, it will mean a more hopeful Middle East and a more secure America. This ally has placed its trust in the United States. And tonight, our moral and strategic imperatives are one: We must help Iraq defeat those who threaten its future and also threaten ours.”

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