July 20th, 2007
11:47 AM ET
9 years ago

Bush urges Congress to pass Iraq legislation

Watch Bush’s comments Friday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a message to Congress, President Bush urged lawmakers Friday to pass legislation to help troops in Iraq and to give them time to allow the "new war strategy to work."

"It is time to rise above partisanship," said Bush, who urged lawmakers to back the troops in the field and give them the resources they need.

He made only a brief statement in the White House Rose Garden without fielding questions from reporters. He was surrounded by veterans and military families.

Bush said Congress, which is nearing its August recess, has failed to act on a bill to provide funds for troops and resources in the coming fiscal year, including a pay raise for the military.

"Instead, the Democratic leaders chose to have a political debate on a precipitous withdrawal of our troops from Iraq," Bush said.

He said even those lawmakers who no longer back the effort in Iraq "should at least be able to provide an increase for our troops fighting there."

"Congress still has an opportunity to do right by our men and women in uniform and our national security," he said. "So today I call on Congress to take action, get this vital piece of legislation to me to sign on budget and on time."

Bush urged Congress to back the fight in Iraq, which has had "important successes" as well as "frustrating setbacks." He cited strides in Anbar province and the arrest of a leader said to be a conduit between al Qaeda in Iraq and al Qaeda central.

"These successes demonstrate the gains our troops are making in Iraq and the importance of giving our military the time they need to give their new strategy a chance to work," he said.

Bush said that many senators are too swift to conclude that the present strategy - which involves a troop increase and offensives in and near Baghdad - has failed. The troop buildup started in February and was completed last month.

"Our nation deserves a serious debate about Iraq, because the outcome of this conflict will have enormous consequences for our country," he said.


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  1. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    Bush is a living legend in his own mind.......Sorry Mr. P, you will have no legacy, except that of Failure!!

    July 20, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  2. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    What A Joke!

    "Our nation deserves a serious debate about Iraq, because the outcome of this conflict will have enormous consequences for our country,” he said.

    Your Nation deserves a Leader whose priority is America not Iraq and they've deserved the same since you took office. They've received zilch!

    Bush said Congress, has failed to act on a bill to provide funds for troops and resources in the coming fiscal year, including a pay raise for the military." A Another Lie! Congress acted on a bill to fund and resource troops you just didnt' like it. Nothing New. Congress is concerned about the amount of monies you've already wasted on the War and rightly so. And you know what Congress concerns are and why they can't agree with your will nilly war spending.

    He said even those lawmakers who no longer back the effort in Iraq “should at least be able to provide an increase for our troops fighting there.”

    Where are the increases for these troops coming from Mr. President? LA LA Land? Where are you reserves and increases coming from Al Queda? Your broken the backs of your military twice over!

    “Congress still has an opportunity to do right by our men and women in uniform and our national security,” he said. NO Mr President YOU STILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY to do right by your men and women in uniform, stop using and abusing them for your own purposes! For a shot at a 10% chance in making any progress in this war while breaking the military. Your Legacy is not worth running your troops into the ground.

    “important successes” as well as “frustrating setbacks.” He cited strides in Anbar province and the arrest of a leader said to be a conduit between al Qaeda in Iraq and al Qaeda central." WHOO HOOO a mere stride! Not much to brag about after 4 years of Leadership and thousands of military lives lost and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqui lives lost due to your incapable Leadership!
    I'd congratulate you if I could see a reason to do so!

    “These successes demonstrate the gains our troops are making in Iraq and the importance of giving our military the time they need to give their new strategy a chance to work,” he said.

    You've had four years with no success.
    These current successes you speak of are a mere drop in the bucket after four years! And your asking for more time??? Maybe you have yet another strategy to tell us about?

    Bush said that many senators are too swift to conclude that the present strategy — which involves a troop increase and offensives in and near Baghdad — has failed. The troop buildup started in February and was completed last month."

    What else could the Senators Conclude?
    The Troop Buildups have been ongoing Mr. Bush – for naught. You've have how many Surges? for naught. The Senators are basing their assessment on the assessment of your Strategic Success which has been NIL Success.

    Your Nation deserves a Leader, who has America's People and Interests at heart and your not that Leader.

    July 21, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. B.ProsserME

    When exactly was the point when our people became disrespectful, vile Americans? When did it happen? No respect for the highest office of our country, and we applaud this defection from acceptable behavior? God help us all. CNN you have abandoned your sovereign principles.

    July 21, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Laurence; Newport News, Va.

    I can't really speak for anyone else, but I lost respeat for this president when he took this country to war in Iraq and made it worse when he called those who oppose his leadership on principle traders. I'm a disabled veteran who proudly served my country. I never ran from a fight, our president isn't fighting anything ecept the ghost of wimps past which he was proven to one in the Airforce guard. He's not alone as a president who has been wrong about their policy, yet none has ever been as wrong as he has as many times and such contempt. No, I don't respect him or his administration. They never respected me.

    July 21, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    To Answer your questions: One year after Bush took office. Respect is something that is earned having the title of President doesn't automatically deem one respect. Respect begets Respect. Therefore you have to Respect others to be Respected
    yourself. Bush hasn't earned such Respect.

    It is Bush who has abandoned his Soverign Principles. CNN is a corporate entity who can do as it wishes. Bush is an elected National Leader who can't do as he wishes but does anyway, with no concern or respect for those who put him in office, His Citizens.

    July 21, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  6. Rebecca, Bellevue, NE

    George Bush epitomizes partisanship and political stunts. Does anyone remember how he made a production of cutting his vacation short to fly back to DC in order to sign a bill regarding Terri Shaivo? Of course, he was not so quick to act in the same manner when most of the gulf coast was dessimated by hurricane Katrina. It seems to me that most of what we hear from the great decider is "The Democrats are playing politics" and "Stay the course." I think he has a promising future as the spokesperson for Head-On when he finally leaves the White House.

    July 22, 2007 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  7. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    ProsserME:

    If you look back upon history you will find much more heinous remarks directed at President's in the 19th century, than there ever were during the 21th century. During the Civil War for example, there were effigies of Abraham Lincoln burned, and 'tarred an feathered.' And I'm not talking about in the Confederacy either, these kind of things were common place in 1863-64, in Lincoln's own state of Illinois and especially in New York. No one who participated in these protests were arrested or prosecuted back in those days. Now a days, if someone were to burn an effigy of GW Bush, in any state in the Union, I'd dare say, they most probably would be arrested! So, if you use history as an example, protests against President's were much more visable, and more common place than they ever were today.

    Now, as to the Office of The President of the United States, there should be a distinction between the Office, and the Person who Holds the Office. I don't think there's any doubt that you will find most Americans (myself included) holding the 'Office' of the President in High Regard!

    July 22, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |