June 30th, 2007
01:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Bush: Give Iraq strategy chance

(CNN)–With the last of the troop reinforcements arriving in Iraq earlier this month, President Bush said Saturday the full troop surge has begun.

"And its goal is to help the Iraqis make progress toward reconcilation and build a free nation that respects the rights of its people, upholds the rule of law and is an ally in the war on terror." Bush made the comments Saturday in his weekly radio address.

"The enemy continues to carry out sensational attacks, but the number of car bombings and suicide attacks has been down in May and June." he said. "And because of our new strategy, U.S. and Iraqi forces are living among the people they secure, with the result that many Iraqis are now coming forward with information on where the terrorists are hiding."

Speaking to the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Mr. Bush said it was important to remember the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in the struggle. "They've helped bring freedom to the Iraqi people. They've helped make Americans more secure. We will not forget their sacrifice."

Bush is in Kennebunkport, Maine this weekend. He will host a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford


Filed under: Iraq • President Bush
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    Oh man, not again, how many times do we have to hear this same old stuff? Mr. President you are missing the whole point! The American people already spoke what THEY wanted during the 2006 November elections. And that's why the Democrats were voted in as a majority in both Houses of Congress. Unfortunately the Dems did not get an overwhelming majority in the Senate, like they did the House, so as to avoid a Veto from Bush, thus not allowing Bush to continue his war. I believe the Senate needed a 16 vote margin to over-ride the presidential veto, which they simply didn't have unfortunately.

    The so called 'surge' is just another word for what the troops have always been doing over there. General John Abizad, when he was CENTCOM Commander over there, called it (the surge) something else. Okay, so a few tactics may have changed since he stepped down, but the overall strategy still remains the same. It has been a flawed and failed strategy from the very beginning.

    Every time I hear bush repeating this same old rhetoric, I really believe he has lost complete contact with reality! And that's putting it nicely!

    June 30, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    6 more months! And then just 6 more months after that! And then just another 6 months! And then we'll just need 6 more months! And after that, it'll just be another 6 months...

    June 30, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Donna Coyle, Al.

    Bush really thinks the American people must be as simple as he is! We're sick and tired of hearing the same old mumbo jumbo. NO ONE IS LISTENING ANYMORE! We want our men and women who are serving home and NOW! Enough us enough. All we here is if we don't stay they'll follow us here, guess what? They are already, thanks to our great commander and chief Not Securing the Borders and doing his job! BRING OUR SOLDIERS HOME! And the republicans need to grow a backbone and do what they were put their to do!

    June 30, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Nita newland,Fort Worth TX

    have you forgotten the is a war in progress? we seldom see daily reports, especially in the morning news!
    you gave more news on the Hilton's in three weeks than ever about Iraq.
    your journalistic methods rank very low with us, especially the morning group and Wolf.
    sincerely
    Nita Newland

    June 30, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. joey , ar , hot springs

    Our great president and his cabinet need to make their children and family members join the armed forces to fight this war. maybe when a few god forbid do not come home they will really understand how wrong this war really is. this war has torn our country apart and made americans the most disliked people in the world. a surge how about a withdraw!!!! we will never win this war i mean never. the end will come when the entire population of iraq learns to live with eachother. nothing we do or say will change their thinking. our government as a whole needs to put a stop to this and repair everything that has been damaged in our country and abroad.

    June 30, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    He is just stonewalling until he and his buddies can get the oil concessions that he went in there to get in the first place.

    June 30, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Gary Rodgers, Spring, Texas

    This entire discussion is no longer germane. Iraq is now lost, if it ever could have been won, Bush is just not in touch enough with reality to realize the truth as is evident to every thinkinng American who still really cares. that is one of the largest problem...nobody cares. Not really. Parents or families of servicemen there, but other than that, not really. Both republicans and Democrats see the troops as political points, not an expression of what is American. If they did they would see that the image of America is as an occupier, a kller, a bully.Thanks George.

    June 30, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Larry Tierney Dunedin, FL

    The only bright thing Bush has done since taking office, is never to have gone hunting with Cheney.

    June 30, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. Robert Bateman, Weaverville, CA

    It is crystal clear that the surge is just a status quo on the policy "Stay the Course".
    That's exactly what we don't want to do anymore...stay (hangin' around).

    Apparently, Sen's Lugar and Murtha have the same redeployment idea, to Kirkuk in the North and Kuwait in the South.
    How about Surge Out towards those areas
    and when they are reached, we can finally go home?
    Perhaps both houses will have enough muster to override the certain veto with this type of compromise.
    It would be better to end this in 6 months than to have to wait 1.5+ yrs.

    July 1, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  10. James West, Manassas, VA.

    If Bush didn't start the war, most of this may not have happened. Make no mistake, Bush invaded a sovereign nation, regardless of their policies. If he claims that they were a threat, then why didn't he invade North Korea?
    His administration holds General Patreas' briefing as to the next course. What many people many not know is that as Commander-In-Chief, Bush will dictate what Patreas will say. As a retired member of the Armed Forces, that is what is military and constitutional law. I'll tell you what General Patreas will say: "we're making progress, but we'll need more time". Wake up America. That's reality!

    July 1, 2007 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  11. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    In other words, keep the disaster going until someone else can take the blame for it.
    That has been the motto of George's whole miserable life.

    July 1, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  12. Robert Bateman, Weaverville, CA

    Ask your President if Iraq is right for you.
    Some side effects may include casualties, loss of allies, huge deficits, no WMD's, lack of credibility, torture, terrorism and sectarian violence.

    July 1, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Richard Lebovitz, San Diego, CA

    This administration has damaged the country far more than most Americans imagine. The reasons for going to war – WMDs, and the fear of an al-qaida-Iraq relationship have been completely disproven. What's worse, either the administration did not know this going in and were completely incompetent, or they knew and did so criminally.

    Either way, they have served the interests of religious radicals on both sides and have made the country – and the world – a much more dangerous place.

    Mission Accomplished, Mr. President

    July 1, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI Canada

    Unless Georgie finds a Genie in a bottle outside the Whitehouse that will bless him with omnipotent powers, there will be no winning the war in Iraq!

    When is he going to wake up? This war is a war among terrorists! A Civil War among uncivil peoples! You CAN'T win a war on terror! Even Children are being trained for Suicide Bombers! There is no end to the Terrorist Population and while they continue to live Terror will continue to Reign.

    Even if George was blessed with Omnipotent Genie Power it won't change his image one iota! There is absolutely nothing that will change his world image. He has done such extensive damage to World Peace, International Politics and Diplomacy, and his own credability, his IMAGE around the world is that of an Idiot that can't even deliver one sentence in grammatically correct context without inserting his FOOT!

    Get the Troops out of Iraq, Afghanistan, et al. Get Bush out of Office. The world is sick, sore and tired of hearing about the corrupt politics and politicians in America! And more sick of the US Political corruption and Satire taxing and straining our Nations' economies to the max for naught! Give Bush a Get Out of Office Free Card will ya!

    July 1, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Tom Z, Florida

    OK, so we turn tail and run away from the terrorists in Iraq. Then Al Qaida takes over like Hamas did after the Israelis left Gaza. Then The WMDs will be moved back from Syria and Iraq becomes a very active training ground for terrorists. No threat from terrorists? Ask the Brits!

    July 1, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Pfc Marjus Andreason, Ft. Richardson Alaska

    For the past three months in a row, more than 100 of our troops have been killed.

    If you look at the casualty report, we've never had THREE straight months of "over 100" fatalities.

    Mr. Bush is like a bum brother-in-law that keeps asking for a loan and promising he'll pay you for it next week.

    No more Mister BUSH. -NO MORE-

    July 2, 2007 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  17. Anonymous

    "When is he going to wake up? This war is a war among terrorists! A Civil War among uncivil peoples! You CAN’T win a war on terror! Even Children are being trained for Suicide Bombers! There is no end to the Terrorist Population and while they continue to live Terror will continue to Reign. "

    How do you suggest we get rid of them then? You argue correctly that yes, terrorism will continue until terrorists are dead, but we cant exactly kill them if were not allowed to(assuming we move troops out).

    July 2, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. defeathillary - CA

    Joey in Hot Springs – I guess I have to point it out to you, but no one currently a member of our armed forces was FORCED to join! Can you say volunteer? When a draft goes into effect, you are allowed to ask why politician’s sons aren't members of our armed forces...

    July 2, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. JWH

    "Give Iraq strategy chance"

    LOL! Bush is funny.

    July 2, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Todd D

    "If we leave, the terrorists will take over!" uh-uh. No way. Al-Qaeda has no political support and they don't have the military force to take over, either. The Pentagon's own estimates put their numbers at one thousand. The sectarian forces are the big problem, unless you just want to call everyone in Iraq who doesn't do our bidding "terrorists". The Iraqi police and military are infiltrated by the sectarian forces, so they are not going to "stand up" anytime soon. Remember, we have only seen "Grim Bush" since November; before that he was Mr. Thumbs-up. If we leave Japan, the Emperor will take over and bomb Pearl Harbor! More scary stories for kids.

    July 6, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. jorg, New York. NY

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    October 1, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |