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Cole Comments on Iraq Withdrawal Announcement

October 21, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that he would be recalling all American troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

"The clear winners in today's announcement are Iran and Al Qaeda. I find it very disappointing that Prime Minister Maliki and President Obama were unwilling to give the effort needed to come to an agreement that was clearly in the best interests of both of our nations.

"For nearly a decade the United States devoted tremendous resources - including the lives of our sons and daughters - toward establishing a democratic ally in the war on terror. Today's announcement is a major set-back to that objective.

"This announcement may represent a political victory for President Obama, but it is a diplomatic defeat for the United States."