Transcript for Obama on Iraq Vets in ABC News Interview
For the first time in history and American president is marking the return of troops from a war with a very special dinner ABC's Bob Woodruff. Is the only journalist invited to the dinner for returning Iraqi war veterans. And he spoke exclusively with President Obama just moments ago. Tonight in this. Elegant rooms 78 proud Iraq veterans and their dress uniforms are sitting down with their -- to receive the thanks of the president over steak and chocolate -- -- way. It's really from Maine this president and an honor really to be here is this dinner tonight really incident is a -- a celebration of victory in Iraq. You know I think what it is is it's a celebration of men and women. Who. Carried out an extraordinarily. Difficult mission. These few -- men and women represent more than a million who served in Iraq and the 4488. Who never came back many -- tonight's dinner are heading over to that other war. We asked the president about his confidence in our Afghan allies in the wake of the murder of two American officers killed by an Afghan you know. Those murders were triggered when US soldiers mistakenly burns some -- -- something the president has apologized for. The overwhelming majority of Afghan troops have welcomed and benefited from the training in part that we're doing. That doesn't mean there are going to be some tragic incidents that doesn't mean there are going to be bumps in the road to very personal thing for our troops in terms of the burning of the crimes. And and you did apologize to the reason that it was important as the sabres. The commander on the ground general -- -- -- -- And that -- -- Say it. Lives. And to make sure our troops who -- there right now. Are not placed in further danger it's -- television and think it has improved it without apology it did it calm things down. We're not out of the woods yet. Now I did have a chance also to ask the president tonight why he's doing this White House dinner for these veterans these active soldiers right now. Instead of having a parade down the street and he said -- the war in Iraq is over but he's not gonna have a parade until the war in Afghanistan as over as well.
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