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The war in Iraq ... and not everyone is cheering now

February 24, 2009 |  7:13 pm

President Barack Obama addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress

6:50 p.m.: This is a slam, obviously, against the Bush administration, so not everyone is applauding.

"Finally," says President Obama, "because we’re also suffering from a deficit of trust, I am committed to restoring a sense of honesty and accountability to our budget.  That is why this budget looks ahead 10 years and accounts for spending that was left out under the old rules -– and for the first time, that includes the full cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"For seven years, we have been a nation at war.  No longer will we hide its price." But this is a bit of a surprise. Even McCain, who famously disagreed with Obama's approach to Iraq, stands to clap, albeit somewhat hesitantly, when the president says, "We are now carefully reviewing our policies in both wars, and I will soon announce a way forward in Iraq that leaves Iraq to its people and responsibly ends this war."

--Robin Abcarian

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