March 19th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
15 years ago

Candidates assess Iraq War on its fifth anniversary

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Sen. Barack Obama said the war in Iraq has lead to a "security gap" in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Wednesday."](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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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Obama Haters

    It won't work.

    Obama 08

    March 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Darryl, Arlington Texas

    Your telling the truth.... Can people handle it

    Go Obama

    Hillary What About Those Taxes and Bill Dollars

    March 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. M.Jones

    I would like to know ,when do you throw the baby out with the bath water? And when do you forget that we are taught to agree to dissagree without prejudice of subject or relations?

    March 19, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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