February 27, 2009
Posted: 1350 GMT


Hello everyone,

We'll be airing U.S. President Barack Obama's speech at camp LeJeune in North Carolina at the top of I-Desk today, in which he'll be detailing his administration's plans to pull back the number of American troops in Iraq.

President Obama is expected to announce that the United States will withdraw the bulk of its 142,000 troops contingent by the summer of 2010.

The plan is expected to call for a maximum of 50,000 U.S. troops to remain in Iraq until the following year, in an advisory and training role.

What do you think of the president's plans? Is it time for the United States to hand over security to Iraqi forces or could this jeopardize the nation's fragile security gains?

Post your comment below. We may read some of your thoughts live at the International Desk.

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Neeraj   February 27th, 2009 5:49 pm ET

Listening to Mr Obama I repeatedly felt, "Here is a man truly worthy of being the Supreme Commander."

Ari Keskitalo   February 27th, 2009 5:51 pm ET


I just saw speach from American president about defence. I must say that first time I actually believed what he said. I hope he continues good work.


Ari Keskitalo   February 27th, 2009 5:54 pm ET


I must add, Hala Gorani is my favorite.

Espoo, Finland

s. davids   February 27th, 2009 5:56 pm ET

President Obama has shown that America is ready to lead again,his plans gives an avarage iraqi the hope for a future of there own choice.America and other nation that took part in the war had done their part,let iraq rise up to the challenge.thumbs up mr president.

Lama   February 27th, 2009 5:56 pm ET

I think it’s a bad Strategy to withdraw as the ground situation might worsen if the troops pull out. What assurance does the US have that Iraq’s neighbors will co operate? Or instead take the opportunity to create havoc in the region.

s. davids   February 27th, 2009 5:59 pm ET

President Obama has shown that America is ready to lead again,his plans gives an avarage iraqi the hope for a future of there own choice.America and other nation that took part in the war had done their part,let iraq rise up to the challenge.thumbs up mr president.


Niklas   February 27th, 2009 6:01 pm ET

I could barely listen to Obama but there were two things that catched my attention.

1. That was a number one show up there. He went from Washington to North Carolina to have a good Stage to perform. That has not really anything to do with a good strategy for using your time.
2. 18 instead of 16 months. 16 sounded better in campaign times. But even the 18 is a fake, since the real end will be in 2011, I think it will be later

Obama really looked like he could change the world, but it turns out that he is just a politician too.



Akompab Benjamin   February 27th, 2009 6:07 pm ET

I have been absolute happy with the pragmatic approach President Obama has taken in outlining his strategy in Iraq. While the future of Iraq is still full of uncertainties, the US President has offered more hope to the Iraqi people to fully control their nation from August 30, 2010.

With the strong message of hope offering Iraqis the “opportunity to chose their future” , i think the security and stability of not only Iraq but other nations in the region will be sustained.

Lama   February 27th, 2009 6:10 pm ET

I also think its because of the troop increase last year that the situation is better right now

Stephan Schurmann   February 27th, 2009 6:17 pm ET

Who guarantees that a "maximum" of 50,000 U.S. troops to remain in Iraq and another US$ 200 BILLION being spent will be a 'justifiable investment"? With the US Government being already more than US$ 1,750 TRILLION in debt and US Citizens being homeless due to lack of affordable homes being made available, and thousands of schools "falling apart" across the country, it is about time to get your priorities right!

I am not sure if the average reader has any idea of how many affordable homes could be built with $200 Billion? For the records: This would be 10,000,000 (Ten Million) economic homes based on our prices of less than $20,000 per unit and our superior technology's, with an average speed of 300 homes being build per day!

I rest my case.

Stephan Schurmann-CEO
21st Equity Homes Manufacturing Inc.

ali   February 27th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

I'm living in Iran and I'm 20 . Nearly all of the people in Iran want this action . They beleive that this should have been done much sooner . Certainly that would be better for the economy crisis in USA . The government spend a lot of money given from taxpayers in the war . people in the middle east want a region without foreign forces . they beleive that they can controll the security by themselves since nobody like terrorism , war , genocide and etc.
When I was looking to president speech , president Obama said something that means Iran want to build nuclear weapon . I want to emphasis that nobody in Iran wants a nuclear weapon . Muslims beleive that using nuclear weapon is in contradiction with Islam . Iranian people love peace just like as american people .
Thank you for your nice program !

Chuma Anigekwu (nigeria)   February 27th, 2009 6:48 pm ET

It takes the intellect to actually appreciate the depth from where Obama draws his leadership. The pessimists will always lack faith but should never be mocked. Obama's speech on Iraq was clear and splendid. America should learn that combat in the middle east should be long term and ideological but rarely physical.

Ahmed E. (42 yo)   February 27th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

Hi Hala,

Looks like Barack Obama has come to reconcile USA with itself.

President Obama's words on withdrawal from Iraq are clear and convincing. His strategy pointed out that he was aware of the Middle-East people's mentality unlike G.W.B.. He was clear when he indicated that he will ease the burden of the military servicemen and engage in more diplomatic approch. I support him and hope rediscover the american way of dealing with the World peacefully and thoughtfully.

Salam from Casablanca

A.A.Al-Ani   February 27th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Suffering from a deep depression at home and having your own troops fighting out side your country is a ridiculous plan. Get out of Iraq and Afghanistan befor it is too late.If you do not,it will be the end of you as a number one supper power in the present world.Get out befor it is too late.

Daniyal Pejman   February 27th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

hi dear hala
i saw speech pres. obama and i so hopefully the president obama say we getting out U.S army until 2010 and that's so's time for Iraq for own themselves for rebuild they country.i am so glad pres. obama say we help Iraqi government for health and medical system and that's so well and i know U.S army living so hard for 6 years in Iraq and i tell them god bless you all.

mableine   February 28th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

The role of American troops in Iraq at this time should be advisory. We need to allow the secutiry forces of that nation to command and protect its nationals because it is their job and the Iraqi people need to find that trust and belief in their (military) ability to protect them. If the US stays there in their current combative position then we are handicapping the people, security focrces and the nation as a whole. They need to rebuild their nation and find stability and they can do it by functioning on their own but with the support of the US and their allies..

Johan   February 28th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

I thought it was a great speech by president Obama. As we all know the war should never have started but talking about the past wont solve any problems. It started and now its gonna end and besides from the fact that it was an illegal war, the Iraqi people wille be better of in ten years from now then they were ten years ago. Great show by the way!

nahima   March 3rd, 2009 12:33 pm ET

i think president obama speech was great and i thik that he was great ideas for these nation

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