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President tells troops they have “borne the burden in this time of war”

CAMP PENDLETON, CA – At a California military base, President Obama on Wednesday addressed troops and their families, thanking them for their service and commitment to protect the United States.

“I’m here because, for more than a decade, you and all our men and women in uniform have borne the burden in this time of war,” President Obama said.

“After our nation was attacked, you were some of the very first conventional forces in Afghanistan -— racing in, hundreds of miles by helicopter, toppling that regime and driving al Qaeda from its camps. Then when the fight shifted to Iraq, you were there -— racing toward Baghdad and deposing a dictator. And through years of combat -— in Tikrit, Fallujah and Ramadi -— your courage added to the glories of the Marines’ long and illustrious history.”

“The United States is not going to retreat from the world,” Mr. Obama said. “We don’t get terrorized. The United States is going to remain the greatest force for freedom the world has ever had.”

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