March 24th, 2008
12:07 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton, Obama mark 4,000th U.S. fatality in Iraq

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PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - Hillary Clinton began a speech on the housing crisis here Monday by acknowledging the 4,000th U.S. fatality in Iraq, a milestone that occurred yesterday when four American soldiers were killed by an I.E.D. in southern Baghdad.

"I want to take a moment to note yesterday's heartbreaking news that five years after start of war there have been 4,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq," she said.

"Tens of thousand of our brave men and women have also suffered serious wounds, both visible and invisible to their bodies, their minds and their hearts. As president, I intend to honor their extraordinary service and sacrifice of them and their and their families by ending this war and brining them home quickly and responsibility as possible."

In a statement sent to reporters, Clinton's rival Barack Obama said that, "It is with great sadness that we have reached another grim milestone in Iraq, with at least 4,000 of our finest Americans having been killed."

"Each death is a tragedy, and we honor every fallen American and send our thoughts and prayers to their families. It is past time to end this war that should never have been waged by bringing our troops home, and finally pushing Iraq's leaders to take responsibility for their future ... "

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Len, Colorado

    Cheryl, you need to grow up...

    March 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Monica

    Cheryl, Learn how to spell Iraq first. You are the typical supporter of Hillary.

    March 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Who ever thinks that we are a safer country is greatly mistaken. The presence of terrorists in Iraq went from nothing to something over the past five years.

    And voting democratic won't due a thing, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that she would keep soldiers in Iraq for a long time, not to mention that her plan for "withdrawl" would cost over $500,000,000. She is NOT a viable option, she is just as bad as her husband.

    Hillary was fooled by George Bush and Dick Cheney, simple as that. There was overwhelming evidence that the war was illegal and unjust, butehs is far too naive to see that. She cannot get the bid, and I certainly hope that everyone comes to see this.

    March 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. applecrispbetty

    Cheney: "So?"

    March 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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