March 19th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
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Candidates assess Iraq War on its fifth anniversary

(CNN) - The Democratic presidential candidates offered a sharply different take on the Iraq War from that of GOP Sen. John McCain as each candidate observed the war's fifth anniversary Wednesday.

"This war has now lasted longer than World War I, World War II, or the Civil War," Sen. Barack Obama said in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on the fifth anniversary of the start of the war.

"Nearly 4,000 Americans have given their lives. Thousands more have been wounded. Even under the best-case scenario, this war will cost American taxpayers well over a trillion dollars," he added. "And where are we for all this sacrifice? We are less able to shape events abroad."

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  1. west palm beach, Hawk

    It's time to end the war NOW. My fellow Americans the time has come.

    March 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Charlene in VA

    At least with Mc cain and Clinton we know what we are getting, so no disappointments, however with Obama you cant believe anything he says, also i believe once he get in the white house Obama true colors will show.

    March 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Alexandra

    Go Obama!
    We are proud of you.
    Obama/Edwards '08

    March 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. fred

    BOO Obama!!!

    March 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Cal

    We forgot, Obama/Wright only votes 'PRESENT'

    March 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. she-hussein

    great speech!
    Obama 2008

    March 19, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Someone tell this dilettante to sit down.

    March 19, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Scott

    World War II lasted more than five years. Obama should read a history book.

    March 19, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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    Obama that why we need you to come into the Office and bring them home with dignity. Come into the big and powerful house and bring the change the America people need.
    Thanks Mr. President to be.

    March 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Kenneth

    Go Obama! Don't let the racist Rush Limbaugh (drug addict) types get you down!

    March 19, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. ForMcCain

    Yes, we will vote for McCain if Obama got the nomination!

    March 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. PW-IL

    The Obama hatred on these blogs is just sad. Either you people are just sore losers, racists, or both the way you throw your tantrums. Anyone who votes for McBush to spite Obama for HRC's failures deserves our failing economy, 100+ years of war, $4+ gas prices and the mortgage crisis. May you reap what you sew.

    March 19, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. he bores me

    Talk with Americans not AT us Mr. Obama- you sure like the sound of your own voice. If I read one more post from your egotistcal, self described "brilliant" supporters I may puke. You and yours exhaust me...

    March 19, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Vig

    Obama knows no more about the war in Iraq than anybody else. His claim to fame that he didn't vote for the Iraq war is wearing thin. So what? As McCain said, we're there now. Obama, in my opinion, is not presidential and again, in my opinion, will make a weak President if he ever gets elected.

    March 19, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. demwit

    We are less able to shape events abroad?

    But isn't that exactly what Obama and every liberal in America wants??

    March 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Douglas Crow

    We recognize the 3990 men and women killed in Iraq, but I think our focus should be on 30,000 to 40,000 severely injured who are now struggling through the VA system. What are we doing to make their lives better? Why doesn't CNN put a face on this trajedy?

    March 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. CHERYL

    YES WE WERE LIED TO BY BUSH AND BY YOU OBAMA!!!!!!!

    WHAT MAKES YOU ANY BETTER?

    SENATOR CLINTON IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE TWO OF YOU PUT TOGETHER!

    THE WORD IS HONESTY!!!!!!!!

    HILLARY GETS MY VOTE!!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Peg

    Change we can Believe in!!
    Obama 2008

    March 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Justin

    Go Obama! Some folks can't recognize your true leadership (it's been so long since we've had it). Keep it up, we're behind you.

    March 19, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. delusionaldan

    57 million people freed from tryany and Obama can only worry about being less able to shape events aboard??

    March 19, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Randy

    I know the economy is in bad shape; I've been unemployed since last June. My questions are these: Is 4000 dead is a lot of people; I live in FL and hear about 2 deaths a day nearly everyday, so how significant is this? The cleanup has cost a lot of money, yes; but is it keeping 140, 000 soldiers employed who would otherwise be looking for jobs here? I'm not sure Islam is a religion but a form of National Socialism, so if it is, is the cost worth rooting out a mind set which has plagued the world for 1000s of years?

    Randy

    March 19, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Sd

    The war has to end and this we all can agreed on.
    McCain wants to continue the war and have many more in the future.
    Obama has a SPEECH about it. He saids "Words matter" so does your pastor's obama. Did not buy your speech yesterday.
    Hillary wants to bring our troops home.
    Who has the best has plan to do this.? Whether you like it or not the answer is Hillary.
    Go Hillary

    March 19, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. therealist

    Along that same line of thinking, the Civil War wasn't worth the sacrifice of 5 million lives and/or countless $'s either..., hey Obama??

    March 19, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. history repeating?

    I just want to say from the start that I do not support this war or the way it has been run, but I feel we have to be very cautious about pulling our troops out of Iraq. We pulled out of Vietnam and Somalia (in 93 after the "Black Hawk Down" incident): we left South Vietnamese allies alone facing retaliation from the North, we left Somalia in a state of bloody civil war (a state the country has still not gotten out of) and have been fueling our enemies' belief that, despite our military power, we will run away if they kill enough of our troops...McCain may have voted for the war from the beginning, but among the remaining candidates he is the only one who has been in a war and has seen the worst aspects of war first hand: I don't think he would send our troops in harm's way unnecessarily. Clinton on the other hand: voted for the war when it seemed that the people weren't opposed to the idea, but now, having already committed our troops over there by her vote, she opposes it because it's unpopular...we need a president who can face the consequences of their actions, not change stance when it becomes unpopular

    March 19, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Tiachi

    While Mr Obama is talking about issues and attacking McCain, Hillary is off whining about her votes not being counted because some people broke the rules... Why does she support her followers breaking rules???

    March 19, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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