President Obama announced today the end of the US combat mission in Iraq. He was cautiously optimistic about Iraq. He encouraged Iraqi leaders to move forward in forming a government.
"Iraqis are a proud people, and they have rejected sectarian war," he said.
He said the US would continue to be a friend and partner of Iraq.
"But the Iraq war is no longer the driving issue for Americans facing job layoffs and home foreclosures. In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of 1,021 adults Friday through Sunday, those surveyed rated the economy, jobs, government corruption and federal spending as the top issues shaping their vote in November's congressional elections — and preferred congressional Republicans over Democrats on handling the economy by double digits."