Videos: 5-Year Anniversary Focuses Debate on Iraq

With the advent of the 5th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, it has become the focus once again after being out of the news for several weeks. Both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton have come out with harsh statements attacking the Bush administration’s policy. McCain has also been front and center in this discussion with his recent trip to Iraq.

Here’s the video of Obama and Clinton giving statements on the Iraq war:

Full text of Obama’s statements on Iraq can be found here. Also, Clinton’s full statement along with an outline of her plan for withdrawing troops can be found on her website here.

Following yesterday’s gaffe, McCain was correcting himself and also discussing the current state of the Iraq war:

McCain also released a more extensive statement on his website:

ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq:

“Today in Iraq, America and our allies stand on the precipice of winning a major victory against radical Islamic extremism. The security gains over the past year have been dramatic and undeniable. Al Qaeda and Shia extremists — with support from external powers such as Iran — are on the run but not defeated. Tough fighting remains ahead, especially in places like Mosul. Important political gains have also been made, but far more must be done in coming months to cement the gains made in huge cost in American blood and treasure.

“Americans should be proud that they led the way in removing a vicious, predatory dictator and opening the possibility of a free and stable Iraq. Americans should be proud that once we implemented the surge and new counterinsurgency strategy, a dire situation has been dramatically improved. And, Americans know that the consequences of failure would leave our nation less secure for generations to come.”

McCain has to be careful because, at the moment, Obama and Clinton are mostly criticizing Bush over the Iraq war. However, that will soon turn to McCain since they aren’t running against Bush.

  • Dem ’08

    TO ALL OBAMA SUPPORTERS!
    This video shows without doubt just what Clinton has been saying about Obama. His words here talk about what has happened in the past and he tells us facts about the war that we have heard in the news about 1000 times. ALL TALK BUT NO PLAN FROM HIM HERE!
    Now Clinton starts telling what she will do to change the war. She does not try to sound like a hero she is trying to lay out a plan to bring about this change Obama spits out.
    If you deny this as an Obama supporter then it is clear that you refuse to try understanding the truth. Thank you Hillary for driving this point home when you speek. I just hope that some of these Obama wagoneers open their eyes and listen to the message in this video.
    Let’s hear it!

  • For those who missed it, the rising cost of fuel is yet another sign of a Bush Cheney Mission Accomplished. What mission was that you ask? Why the mission was to create record profits for Bush’s old oil buddies and Cheny’s old corporate buddies. Why do they think the Bush administration went all the way to the supreme court and invoked executive privilege to keep Cheney’s secret deals a secret? So when someone tells you Bush’s legacy is just torture and lying about it you tell them: hogwash. For the first time in history an American president has started a war for the sole purpose of raising corporate and oil profits and it worked! There’s your legacy! In my humble opinion.

    —klqtzzz

  • Dem ’08

    Where are all of the Obama supporters! surly you can make something up. You manage to come up with all kinds of bull in other headlines. LOL…..

  • Michelle

    Dem 08

    You are challenging the Obama supporters to do what exactly? Speak for a man who can speak for himself? Watch Larry King Live tonight, he’s intrveiwing Obama and Iraq will be a main topic. Obama has presented his plan to withdraw troops safely as Clinton has, but what else will be done? I don’t see Hillary suggesting anything else, but I’m not going to put energy into hating Hillary because I really care about unity and getting something accomplished in this country. I hope you can do the same and accept the nominee no matter which way it goes.

  • Dem ’08

    Michelle

    Wow, you should run for office so we can vote for you….lol!
    I am challenging the Obama supporters to OPEN THEIR EYES! I don’t have to defent Hillary, she has laid out a plan of action more than either of the others. Keep looking past the true man and you will find something to brag about.