“For the first time since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, an entire month has passed without a single U.S. service member dying, according to a story in The New York Times.
The milestone comes after 14 troops were killed in July, making it the most deadly month for American forces in three years, The New York Times reported Thursday.The absence also has occurred amid a rash of suicide bombings and assassinations from Sunni insurgents that killed hundreds of Iraqis, reminiscent of the worst days of sectarian fighting.
They are about 48,000 American troops currently deployed to Iraq, with that number expected to drop further, though U.S. and Iraqi officials are discussing an extension of the U.S. presence. In all, 4,465 American soldiers have died here since the United States invasion in 2003, The Times reported, quoting Defense Department figures.” PLEASE READ MORE
It’s not over yet …
Are we leaving without completing the MISSION?
Can the Iraqi people LEARN Freedom when they’ve never known it?
Today I asked for a joint session of Congress where I will lay out a clear plan to get Americans back to work. Next week, I will deliver the details of the plan and call on lawmakers to pass it.
Whether they will do the job they were elected to do is ultimately up to them.
But both you and I can pressure them to do the right thing. We can send the message that the American people are playing by the rules and meeting their responsibilities — and it’s time for our leaders in Congress to meet theirs.
And we must hold them accountable if they don’t. [[I wonder if he wants us to HIM accountable for all he has done, too?]]
So I’m asking you to stand with me in calling on Congress to step up and take action on jobs.
No matter how things go in the weeks and months ahead, this will be an important challenge for our organization.
It’s been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on.
I know that you’re frustrated by that. I am, too.
That’s why I’m putting forward a set of bipartisan proposals to help grow the economy and create jobs — that means strengthening our small businesses, giving needed breaks to middle-class families, while taking responsible steps to bring down our deficit.
I’m asking lawmakers to look past short-term politics and take action on that plan. But we’ve got to do this together.
I will deliver this message to Congress next week, but I’m asking you to stand alongside me today.
More to come,
Promises, promises, promises … He’s been giving the same speech for three years. This video is from one year ago … Aug 2010! 14.1 Americans (at least) are waiting for his jobs plan. How much longer must they wait, Mr President? I think it’s time to give someone else a try!