Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to the sacrifices of U.S. and Iraqi troops Thursday at a ceremony for service members from both nations. He and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki addressed about 120 U.S. service members and 100 Iraqi troops gathered at al-Faw Palace in Bagdhad. Biden thanked the troops and recognized their achievements over the past eight-and-a-half years.
The ceremony comes just weeks before American troops complete their withdrawal from Iraq. Some have questioned whether the Iraqi government has the ability to secure the country on its own. But as former national security staffer Brett McGurk tells Christine Romans, Iraq is "as ready as it's going to be."