Americans ask, how long a war?

March 17, 2008 12:07:20 PM PDT
Americans offer their thoughts on the war in Iraq at the five-year mark: "No one can say how long this will go on. But I think if we just stop now and pull out, it all will have been for nothing - for nothing."

- Peggy Jo Hammond of Evansville, Ind., whose son, Pvt. Jonathan R. Pfender, 22, was killed in Iraq two years ago.

"You can't just pull them out because you're going to leave Iraq in a worse situation than when we started. Anyone could go in there and take power. I honestly think we're going to have people stationed over there forever, like in Korea."

- Ann Jimenez, 32, restaurant owner in Fresno, Calif.

"We shouldn't be there. We lost too many men. And it doesn't seem like a war, like a real war. They had battlefields, battlegrounds. Big things were going on. This is more a war of hide-and-seek."

- Kathyrn Schmid, 92, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., recalling the differences between the Iraq war and World War II.

"In World War II, you were fighting fascism. Here, you are fighting an `-ism' that cannot be controlled."

- Jack Press, 81, of Plantation, Fla.

"We live in a world with a lot of problems. It's easy for people to say, `We shouldn't be at war.' The problem is, it's a part of the world that's volatile and prone to terrorism. You have to take care of yourself."

- Tyrone Reese, 42, street vendor in New York.

"It's a shame to spend billions in Iraq. The American deficit is horrible. The economy is really bad and people are losing their jobs. It's a shame to put money into a war that doesn't make sense while the community is deprived of those billions."

- Josephine Michaels, 27, British-born student at City University of New York.