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.