March 1st, 2009
11:44 AM ET

Dear President Obama #41: Leaving Babylon

Reporter's Note: Presidents don’t ask regular Americans to give them advice on how the run the country every day, but Barack Obama has, so I’m doing just that, with a letter to the White House…every day.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Every Sunday at our church we pray for members of our country’s military. It is a part of the service I always notice; unlike the sermon which often finds me drifting. I grew up in a military family, believing that there is no public service more praiseworthy than that of the person who is willing to place his or her life on the line to serve our nation.

So I was glad to hear your specific plans for our withdrawal from Iraq. I know President Bush struck the deal for the pull out, but your commitment to a specific schedule matters. Not because I am either for or against the war or its intentions; I’ll leave that debate to others; but because I think our servicemen and women deserve to know what their Commander in Chief has in mind.