“What I want to know is what in the world so many Democrats are doing supporting the President’s unilateral intervention in Iraq?”
– Democratic Presidential Candidate Howard Dean
(March 15, 2003)
“I won’t stand here and pretend that there are many good options left in Iraq, but what’s not an option is leaving our troops in that country for the next hundred years, especially at a time when our military is overstretched, our nation is isolated, and nearly every other threat to America is being ignored.
“We must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in, but start leaving we must. It’s time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their future. It’s time to rebuild our military and give our veterans the care and the benefits they deserve when they come home.”
– Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama
(June 3, 2008)