President Faces Criticism On Anniversary Of Iraq War

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Monday marked the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq and more than 3,000 American soldiers have died since the war began. President Bush faces tough criticism from Democrats, but they're not the only ones.

We are now entering our fifth year in Iraq and President Bush said Monday the new Iraqi security plan will take months, not days to take effect. But some Eastern Kentuckians still have mixed feelings about their support for the war and their support for the troops.

"Four years ago today, coalition forces launched Operation Iraqi Freedom to remove Saddam Hussein from power," President Bush said.

President Bush says the U.S. entered the war to remove the threat of Saddam from power and now an entire nation has mixed feelings about the beginning of the fifth year of war.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell says he still supports the war and says it’s been successful at keeping the batter overseas and protecting the United States.

"Its important to remember that going on offense was mainly about protecting us here at home. Once we got there we tried to stand up governments and that's hard," McConnell said.

Betty Hancock recently lost a nephew in the war, but with another nephew serving, she says it's important to support the troops.

"I feel sorry for anybody that has lost people in the Army or any kind of branch of service," she said.

"I know a lot of people as times went on are not in favor of the war, but at the same time you should still support the troops that are over there trying to carry on with the mission," said Joe Collett who fought in the Iraq war.

But President Bush says it is important to carry on and help the Iraqi's establish a secure capital otherwise he says it will be difficult for them to make any further progress.

"I don't see anything other than a loss of a lot of lives that has come out of the war and I really myself, I think we need to pull out," said David Smith.

President Bush also warned Congress that in the coming months, they have a responsibility when it comes to the emergency spending bill. He says the troops need funding to accomplish their mission.

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