Obama Vows Responsible End to Iraq War

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama is vowing to "responsibly leave Iraq to its people" and also to build what he calls a "hard-earned peace in Afghanistan."

In a prepared text of his inaugural address, Obama says earlier generations understood that the nation's security comes not from using power "as we please," but from its "prudent use." He says the nation becomes stronger through "the justness of our cause" and "the force of our example."

He vowed to work with "old friends and former foes" to reduce the nuclear threat and to "roll back the specter of a warring planet."

And he had this warring for terrorists - that "our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken." He said, "You cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you."

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