March 19, 2007
It began with shock and awe and quickly led to the fall of Saddam Hussein and these now infamous words from President Bush.
"In the battle of Iraq the United States and our allies have prevailed" said Bush, 2003.
Major combat may have ended however the war is far from over. Even with Iraq's dictator captured and executed, and a new Democratic
government in place, U.S. troops have not been able to contain the
insurgency and sectarian violence.
It's a troubling situation that's forced President Bush to send in 30,000 additional troops. With congress and the public becoming increasingly discontent with the war and the continued loss of American lives, some of the battles have moved to Washington and across the nation.
"I recognize too, that the American people are concerned, they are
skeptical about where this is going" said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
That skepticism was evident over the weekend as peaceful demonstrators took to the streets. Many want the Democratically controlled Congress to take action and find a way to bring the troops home, forces that have already suffered more than 3,200 fatalities.
"What is the political solution? None has been offered by the
administration. Thats the flaw" said Senator Joseph Biden.
But President Bush is asking lawmakers for more money to fund
military operations. He says more time is needed to finish the job and
to ensure the future security of both Iraqis and Americans.