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. d

    Cannot believe anything from Obama...... shame on Obama

    March 19, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. MP

    After reading what all 3 of them had to say about the troops in Iraq how can any normal person not vote for Obama...I'm not talking about the Obama haters who will always hate...I'm talking about ones who are still not sure...Please start paying attention...You really do matter in this election.

    March 19, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Ohio Voter

    It's time for the people of Iraq to fight their own war....We have fought enough. Our young men and women fighting over there should be brought home immediately. George Bush, Dick Cheney and the rest of this administration should be ashamed of themselves.

    I was never in favor of this war, however, it was after 9/11 and I knew if we did go to war it would hopefully result in JOBS for the United States. I have never seen a war that did not result in jobs. Well, I was wrong just like a lot of others. This war has resulted in loss of lives, an economy in the toilet, no jobs, a loss of respect around the world, high gas prices, financial crisis, maimed and mentally impaired veterans who we are not providing decent services, people marching in the streets in protest, and a President that was surprised that gas prices might reach $4.00 per gallon......(go figure)

    The public does not support this war. Please bring our young men and women home, NOW!!!!!

    March 19, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Michael, Torrance, CA

    I understand that Bush getting America into the war in Iraq was a huge mistake. Maybe the biggest mistake ever by an American president. But to have Obama as a Johnny come lately give speeches and pointing his finger saying "I told you so" is very tired. I hope we hear about some of his mistakes so someone can point a finger at him and say "...................

    March 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. jr.

    Mr. Obama don't forget you also voted for the funding of the war that's why we're still there ,you'r no better than any one else.

    March 19, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. nick in SF

    Send Rush, Bush, Bill O and Shawn H. out there to serve and do their duty for the country that they love so much.

    March 19, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Thomas

    "This war has now lasted longer than World War I, World War II, or the Civil War,"

    – Please Obama don't stain WW1, 2 or the Civil war with the Iraq war in any way shape or form... these wars are NOTHING like the Iraq war. I don't even consider Iraq a war, who are we fighting, where are the "battles", we need a new name???

    I really feel sorry for the 4000 people who have died in combat in Iraq, and I want them home like the next person, but at the same time we need a PLAN not WORDS on how to get them out safe and not cause another conflict when we leave.. If that takes 100 years then sorry but we started it (with most Americans thinking it was a good idea at the time) we need to end it right.

    When the troops come home can we please have them work on US projects that are not military like fixing our roads and homes and not training for the next war all the time... Fix America not other countries!

    March 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. gary

    You have to have experience and know how to be qualified to bring changes for our country. HRC is the only one qualified to really bring the changes we need.Obama is not Leader material. He would make a better Preacher. concerned Viet Nam Vet

    March 19, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Tom in MA

    And where was Obama when McCain And Clinton were at least trying to do the best for their country? Sitting in church listening to Wright bash our country.

    March 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Ruben

    Obama = Strongest on Iraq than Clinton or McCain...

    Cinton does not know what she wants (will depend on the current poll) and McCain pushes for the status quo "ad infinitum".

    March 19, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. John

    Simple Obama just shut up. He is a liar!!!

    March 19, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. CHERYL


    A BOOK OF LIES!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. chris

    stop Obama'ng us voters! Enough Obama lies and speeches for one week. I've bought enough of your over-priced words. I want my donation back!

    March 19, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Tiachi

    Great "Charlene in VA"!!!

    At least you know what you got with McCain and Clinton... People like you keep the US from progressing!!!

    Thanks for your vote

    March 19, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Debby

    Obama we all know about Iraq, WW1, 2, Civil and how much it cost. How about going over there like Hillary and McCain did and see exactly for yourself whats going on instead of preaching from you pulpit. You can't keep voting Present when it comes to foreign policy if you are the nominee.

    March 19, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Say What!!!

    Hey Cal, What Hillary/Monica LMAO

    March 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Jed in Texas

    Ask McCain when he will start the DRAFT.

    March 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. Jim P

    This guy wouldn't fight if his wife was being attacked. He probably break out a joint and want to sing kumbyah.

    March 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Randy - Denver

    I agree it is time to stop the wasted money and wasted lives. We are killiing Iraqis and Americans with no definable end in site. We were told today by the liar in chief that Irqi is better off that WE are better off than we were before he invaded. Iraqis have a differing opinion (over 60% say they were better off BEFORE we invaded and over 70% see Americans as an occupying force). Terrorist threats have not changed in the last 40 years, there were two sucessful attack on the US in that time (from non US terrorist). Terrorism is a crime not an army folks.

    For those who say at least we know what we get when we vote McCain or Clinton recognize what you are getting, more of the same is that what we deserve/want? Realize it only took 7000 American lives (4000 soldiers and 3000 civialians) to remove the freedoms bought for all Americans by the deaths in WWI and WWII to me that is a terrible exchange! Throw Bush and those who supported this war, and who support the renounciations of our freedoms (ie Patriot Act, FISA change, Warrantless Spying on Americans, retroactive immunity from the laws of the land etc) out and lets bring in change! Lets take America back for Americans!

    March 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. vl

    I agree, the war needs to end. I hope Clinton is the one to end it! This is NOT about race, it's about who I feel is best to lead this country. If Obama gets the nomination because my MI vote doesn't count, MY FRIENDS, MY FAMILY AND I WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN!!!

    March 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Marcus

    Like him or hate him, Obama will be the next president of the USA.
    GO OBOMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. anita


    March 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. WOMAN4Hillary

    Obviously from her RELEASED documents that you OBAMA SAVANTS are truly idiots..

    The documents tells all of how hard SHE WORKED as first lady...NOT LISTEING TO SOME PASTOR...hahahahha

    Obama is a hoax..

    Hillary 08!!

    March 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. nony

    so what hes the man Obamania rocks....You can tell a leader when u see one...they can say what they want.......

    They have ears but they cannot hear and they have eyes but they cannot see what a shame america

    March 19, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. mike,Iowa

    ignorance is bliss too bad its not painful! The rich and well connected are the only people bennefiting from this war. Dont believe me you should see the documentary intitled "IRAQ FOR SALE" then tell me how you feel! It proves that our soldiers and the working men and women of America are disposable when it come to the all mighty dollar. America the free? No America the corporate...

    March 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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