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Gibbs On Troop Withdrawal From Iraq: Don’t Expect A Formal Victory Ceremony

Vice President Joe Biden visited Baghdad today to formally mark the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq, seven years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. During today’s White House press briefing, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher reminded Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that opponents of the war continually seeking definition of what how victory in Iraq would appear, following with “is this what victory looks like?”

Gibbs replied “I think we are used to, in thinking about victory and a war, I think we’re used to the pictures of sometime of ceremony on a Battleship at sea. I don’t think you’re likely, based on the wars we’re involved in, I don’t think you are likely to see those scenarios.” Gibbs clarified “what you’ll see tomorrow is the changing of a mission from one of combat to one of support.”

During the earlier stages of his candidacy Barack Obama campaigned hard on ending the Iraq War, and since taking office, has shifted combat operations on the Afghanistan theater, while de-emphasizing a stabilizing situation in Iraq. Critics of Obama on the left appear to have focus more on what some have called an “unwinnable” situation in Afghanistan, though forgetting that, at the very least, by withdrawing combat troops from Iraq, Obama is making good at least one of his campaign promises.

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