The President's Speech and America's Future Role in the Middle East

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

President Barack Obama reads his speech to photographers after delivering an address to the nation on the end of combat operations in Iraq from the Oval Office on August 31, 2010 (Nicholas Kamm/Getty)

President Obama declared the end of combat operations in Iraq last night. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, analyzes President Obama's address from the Oval Office last night, and explains what it reveals about the future of the U.S. in the Middle East. Sanger says that Obama's speech was interesting for its message that the commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan are not open-ended, and that there are bigger priorities at home, including the economy and job creation.

But at the sime time, he points out that Obama doesn't want to cede America's leadership role in the world, and especially the Middle East.

Guests:

David Sanger

Produced by:

Blakeney Schick

Comments [2]

**Outstanding Radio Moment**
The Takeaway sets Obama's speech to music!

Where can I find a link to this clip? I would love to share this with friends.

Sep. 01 2010 11:17 AM
Joseph Alexander

The woman commenting on the President's speech was allowed to slip into making statements about "what the American people think." She could not possibly know "what the American people think" about a speech delivered 12 hours ago.

The woman sounds as if she is employed by Fox news. Shame on Public Radio.

Sep. 01 2010 09:39 AM

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