Obama to take to the airwaves to discuss U.S. transition in Iraq, while U.S. economy stays in the doldrums

The theme we're told is "Promises Kept," and yes, the President did campaign in 2008 on ending the war. The fact that there was a Status of Forces Agreement signed between former President George W. Bush and the Iraqi government that same year means Obama is simply carrying out a pre-determined time line to bring our troops home.

Of course, we'll still have 50,000 troops Iraq until (presumably) Christmas of 2011 - and since we still have troops in Germany and South Korea, the chances of picking up completely in Iraq then seem remote, but maybe that will happen.

And because there's been so much loss in casualties (both soldiers dead and wounded), it is worth noting the sacrifice that a certain amount of Americans have endured and suffered over the past seven and a half years,  in one of the most controversial wars this country has ever started.

But even if Obama were to discuss the economy, what words could possibly change what's happening not only in this nation, but around the world?  Would critics give him credit for "focusing" on jobs, even though it's questionable what he could do policy wise to start a reversal of the nation's unemployment rate, which is 5% higher than it was in 2006?  Doubtful.

Last week John Boehner called for the firing of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who has never been popular with anybody.  Obama didn't act on that and probably won't, but might he be forced to soon, to show that he's doing something about the economy, albeit something that's more symbolic than anything else.

Although it's been known for months that Democrats were going to lose their majorities in both house of Congress this year, seemingly just in the past week has there been serious concerns that there will be a Speaker Boehner sitting next to Joe Biden and behind Barack Obama at next year's State of the Union address.

That feeling was accentuated when the latest Gallup Poll was released Monday showing Republicans with a record 10-point edge over Democrats on the "generic ballot" test-  the question of whether voters prefer a Democratic or Republican congressional candidate - the largest such lead for Republicans in the 68-year history of the survey.

(For comparison's sake, in 2006, when the Democrats retook the House, they had an 11-point edge on that question at this time, and ended up taking 30 seats.  The GOP needs to win 39 seats to win the House back in 2010).

Things are getting bad for some moderate House Democrats that, according to Politico, are running ads or campaigning against their own Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

Meanwhile, as those troubles persist for Democrats, their party leader, President Obama, goes before the nation at 8 p.m. tonight to say, well, certainly not Mission Accomplished regarding Iraq, but noting that all combat troops have now left the theatre of war.  But when the number one issue in the country is the horrible economy, and the number one international issue is Afghanistan, how many really need to hear whatever the President has to say tonight on Iraq,  other than to mention the obvious?

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