WASHINGTON (CNN) - Protesters Monday marked the fourth anniversary of President Bush's "Bring 'em on" dare to insurgents in Iraq by marching outside the White House chanting, "Keep 'em safe, bring 'em home."
The protest is part of a campaign called Americans Against Escalation in Iraq.
"It's a call for Americans and lawmakers to break from the president and to end the Iraq war responsibly," program organizer Tom Matzzie said.
One protester, Sgt. John Bruhns of Philadelphia, said he was stationed in Baghdad during the initial U.S. invasion four years ago, and was horrified by Bush's statement. "I was scared for my life. And the fact that the commander in chief personally invited the enemy to attack us is unacceptable."
Although the president has said he regrets saying "Bring 'em on," Matzzie said he now wants Bush to claim responsibility not just for the "reckless statement, but for the reckless war policy, too."
More than 3,500 American troops have died since the start of the Iraqi War.
– CNN's Karen Hopkins