President Obama took a break from him summer vacation to address the nation on Iraq and the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The President declared success on one aspect of the U.S. military missing in Iraq – ending the threat to refugees stranded on Sinjar Mountain.
He also got some late good news, with Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister for the past eight years, agreeing to relinquish the post to his nominated replacement, ending a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights a Sunni militant insurgency.
President Obama also made his first public comments on the racial violence in Ferguson, appealing for peace and calm, adding there is no excuse for excessive use of force by police, nor for violence against police.
ABC White House Correspondent Ann Compton joined us to discuss:
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