President Bush, Hawaii Residents Mark Anniversary of Iraq Invasion

Lou Braunschweig
Lou Braunschweig
Wendell Davenport
Wendell Davenport

WAHIAWA (KHNL) - President Bush marked the fourth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq with a plea for patience Monday. But for those opposed to the war, patience is wearing thin.

Lou Braunschweig sits at his favorite bar and enjoys a cold one. But his mind isn't on the game. It's on his young nephew fighting in Iraq.

"We lost 60,000 men in Vietnam," Braunschweig said. "It's war. It's what you decide to do when you go in. And, yeah, I worry about him every day."

Exactly four years ago, the US surged into Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein and look for weapons of mass destruction. Braunschweig says back then, he supported the invasion.

"The war is over," he said. "We won the war. You've got an insurgency issue, which is a civil war."

When Wendell Davenport and Jim Barnoske sit down for lunch, they often talk politics. Their hearts are heavy, as US troops remain in Iraq and the bloody war enters its fifth year.

"I think it's a disaster, a total disaster," Davenport said. "But we have to, I don't agree that we should just pull out and just leave it to the surrounding countries to fight it out."

So for now, he'll continue to pray for these brave men and women.

"If they think you're against the war, you're against the troops," Davenport said. "Well, that's not true. Everyone supports the troops."

The people we talked to say they didn't expect the war to stretch this long, and cost so much in terms of money and lives.