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Cole Comments on End of Iraq Combat Operations

September 1, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) made the following statement in response to the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq:

"Iraq, the world and America are safer because America removed Saddam Hussein from power. Combat troops returning from Iraq have earned our utmost gratitude and respect for their courage and sacrifice.

"It's important to remember that the success of the surge would not have been possible without President Bush's refusal to let our military strategy be dictated by artificial timelines and political considerations. If we had followed the course recommended by candidate Obama we would be leaving in defeat. As president, Obama was wise to follow Bush's approach, which has allowed us to leave in success.

"During this crucial new phase in both Iraq and Afghanistan, it is my hope that President Obama will remain committed to victory and not allow the extraordinary achievements of our service members to be undermined."