Aug 31, 2011 at 9:44 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - President Barack Obama is saluting the veterans who've served in Iraq and Afghanistan -- saying that because of their service, the nation is "moving forward from a position of strength."
Speaking to the American Legion National Convention in Minneapolis, Obama looked forward to the pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, saying that it will bring relief to military members and their families from an "unrelenting decade of operations."
Obama kicked off his administration's observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks by paying tribute to members of the military who served in the wars of the past decade. He told the convention that "in hard times, Americans don't quit. We don't give up."
Obama says the 9/11 generation of soldiers has changed the way America fights its wars.
The president says the troops are, in his words, "trained to fight. They've taken on the role of diplomats, mayors and development experts, negotiating with tribal sheikhs, working with village shuras, and partnering with communities."