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America Looks Back on Five Years of War

March 20, 2008 10:35 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
President Bush remains optimistic in a speech marking the fifth anniversary of the war. Others are reassessing their original thoughts about the conflict.

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President George W. Bush called the situation in Iraq a “victory” in a speech at the Pentagon on Wednesday. He said that the world is now a safer place because America took action. 

On the subject of the financial burden of the war, he said, “The costs are necessary when we consider the cost of a strategic victory for our enemies in Iraq.”

There are others who were hawkish five years ago, but have since come to regret their support for the invasion.

“I was miserably wrong in my judgment and somewhat emotional,” says Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen in a series by Slate that asks prominent liberals who suported military action in the run-up to the war, “Why did we get it wrong?”

L. Paul Bremer III, who was the administrator for Iraq after the Baathists were deposed, comments in The New York Times on prewar planning and the shortage of U.S. troops on the ground in the early months of the war.

“I should have pushed sooner for a more effective military strategy, because from 2004 to the end of 2007, Al Qaeda took advantage of this gap, using indiscriminate killings that provoked Shiite militias to respond in kind,” said Bremer.

Bremer’s article appears in the Times alongside a number of others by prominent figures who reflect on the five years that have passed since the war began.

Peace activist Keith Pacheco says in the Bucks County Courier Times that he is not surprised by the war’s outcome. “If we go into Iraq, we’ll be there 100 years,” is what he wrote to his congressman back in March 2003.

Headline Links: Bush speech hails Iraq ‘victory’

Opinion & Analysis: Have views changed after five years?

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