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The Fourth Anniversary of the War in Iraq

Four years ago the world watched as munitions pummeled Baghdad, prepping the invasion of Iraq by U.S. and Allied Forces. The deconstruction of Saddam Hussein’s regime and liberation of the Iraqi people ensued, but now, four years later, military motivations have been falsified and the Iraqi atmosphere has reached a bleak apex as forces struggle with ancient religious and political unrest, and a growing insurgency.

“It can be tempting to look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude our best option is to pack up and go home,” President George W. Bush said this morning during an eight-minute televised statement. “That may be satisfying in the short run, but I believe the consequences for American security would be devastating.” And while some bloggers agree with this statement, scores of others oppose, sternly supporting a brisk American withdrawal. Where do you stand?

Here’s what bloggers are saying about the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq:

“Today is the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq. Let’s hope there’s not a fifth; of course, if the Democrats keep not doing what they were elected into power to do, we may see a seventh or eighth. Wake up.” — Sean-Patrick Burke,

“A lot has changed in four years. Now, we fight Al Qaeda, insurgents, militias, Hollywood idiots, and our own damn media simultaneously- some days you can’t tell who is against us more. Hell, I even heard Rosie O’Donnell’s big mouth tell us that we need to show empathy and sympathy for Khalid Sheik Muhammad, operational mastermind of the attacks of September 11th. Right Rosie, that will work…Victory is the only way to show them the true respect of one giving his or her life for our greatest of nations.” — Troy,

“May 1, 2007 will also mark four years since his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech. If we completed the mission 4 years ago, why are we still there?” — Sheldon,

“This weekend (the fourth anniversary of the war) saw several demonstrations against the war in Iraq. Amazingly, many of those participating in these events express support for our troops. Does that make sense? None at all. Any action that might embolden our enemies while our troops are in harms way cannot logically be portrayed as “support” for the troops.” — Tap,

“A few days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, thousands of demonstrators marched from the National Mall to the Pentagon last Saturday to protest and call for an end to the war. And what did I do? I did what most Americans did, I celebrated St. Paddy’s Day and college basketball.” — alternablue,

“No, the war hasn’t gone “perfectly.” Yes, there have been problems, but in planning and execution. I’m sure it’s not where anyone in the Bush Administration wanted it to be at this point. But, we’re there. An evil dictator and his sociopathic sons are gone- permanently. The surge seems to be working.” — Beth,

Talk: How do you think the war in Iraq will conclude?