Obama praises ‘fallen heroes,’ touts end of Mideast wars


WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama paid a Memorial Day tribute to America’s “fallen heroes” Monday, stressing the heavy burden of perennial wars and underscoring his decision to pull troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. While looking to the past, Obama’s address was tinged by war politics that have pervaded Washington for a generation and which are still alive today. “For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful; it is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end,” he said. “Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.”



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