September 13th, 2007
09:17 PM ET
11 years ago

President Bush on Iraq's future

President Bush addressed the American public about the Iraq war on Thursday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. successes in Iraq mean "we can begin seeing troops come home," President Bush announced Thursday night.

But Bush cautioned that the U.S. must not abandon Iraq while it is "fighting for its survival."

Earlier, the White House said Bush will pledge to bring home 5,700 soldiers from Iraq by Christmas.

Full story: Bush: Iraq is 'fighting for its survival'

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  1. James, Newark, DE

    Glad to see he's bringing 5,700 soldiers back from Iraq by Christmas...unfortunately, I would much rather he bring all 130,000 or so soldiers back from Iraq by Christmas, but that's just me...oh wait, that's what a lot of people in this country want to see. But all Bush is doing with this is saying the word "withdrawal", hoping people see that and don't see the small number of troops he's actually withdrawing from Iraq.

    And some Republicans still wonder as to why people voted Democrats into power in both houses of the congress this past election?

    September 13, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    In regards to the presidents speech.

    First off, I cannot stand it when the President sits in front of the nation and uses fear to try and convince us that the War in Iraq is a just one. If we don't support this war and don't continue to fight then the U.S. is going to be destroyed. What is that? Rule by fear. Sounds a little bit tyrany to me.
    Second, Al-Qeuda wasn't the one that attacked us on 9/11 it was the Taliban. We went into Iraq prematurely. I think he just wanted to get some sort of revenge for his daddy. We shouldn't even be in Iraq. We should have finished what we started with the TALIBAN!!!!!!! We still have soldiers stationed in Afghanastan which is another thing you don't hear about.
    92 billion dollars approved for the budget in Iraq. We could have used that money to help rebuild New Orleans which is still trying to recover from Huricane Katrina. There are many things that could be done with that money here in the U.S.

    Anyway thats all for me!!!!!

    September 13, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Christian, Tampa FL

    The most ridiculous part of his speech was when he had the audacity to ask the country to "agree" with him about the war. This from the man who spit on the American people by sending 30,000 more troops right after Americans voted his party out of the Congressional majority.

    September 13, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Anna, Woodbridge, VA

    Iraq is not in a fight for its survival – we are in a fight for its survival. Iraq is in a civil fight for political supremacy. We tell our children to clean their rooms or lose priviledges. We tell our students to do their school work or fail their class. We tell our employees to do their job or get fired. We are required to meet benchmarks and accept responsibility all through our lives. So how can we let Iraq get away with ignoring their responsibilities and suffer no reprecussions? Bush is wearing rose-colored glasses so thick he'd better watch out for walls, but at least he can't see the blood.

    September 13, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Mike, NY

    We add 30,000 troops.

    Now we pull out 30,000 troops.

    Sounds like we're at the same place we were eight months ago. Minus a few hundred dead troops, of course, not to mention an incredibly influential ally in the late Sheikh.

    September 13, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. Char, San Jose, CA

    moron – what a stooge...
    I often seek "return on investment", no, I mean like "return on success" cuz that sounds like a double win!

    September 13, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. Ron Nebraska

    So basically, once again, someone else is going to have to come along and fix Georges' mess. This is a lifetime pattern for this incompetent moron and if he had a soul he should be absolutely ashamed at the damage he's done in his lifetime. But then again there's aparently 30% of Americans who would vote for him again given the chance,

    September 13, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. Peter, Wausau, WI

    I trust that our President isn't the sort of person who would agree to pull 5,700 soldiers out of Iraq for purely political purposes. Hopefully, Congress will allow enough of our military to stay in Iraq for as long as is necessary. (Think about it, if you believe that our military had no justification in entering Iraq, then it's America's responsibility to restore order in that country. If you, like me, believe that our military went into Iraq for a good cause, then we should stay there to finish the job. Either way, keeping at least some forces in Iraq is the logical thing to do.)

    September 13, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    I sincerely empathize with Americans who do not support the Bush Administration, after hearing the excerps of the "Bush Report on Iraq" tonight.

    My heart is also heavy for the thousands of innocent Iraqi people who were caught in the middle of this violent, disastrous, war with no current end in sight.

    I am stunned that a man, who has seemingly lost any semblance of reality regarding the Iraq war, is still holding the office of the President of the United States of America.

    I can't believe that Michael Ware, who has been in Iraq and has been reporting on the Iraq War since the War began, would have any reason to distort the truth. And I certainly don't believe that a Veteran of the Iraq war would give anything but a true factual account of his Iraq experience.

    It was both sad and shocking to hear President Bush's statements tonight.
    As the leader of a Great Nation his statements garner more pity than criticism. I can't even begin to understand why he remains so steadfast in believing there has been progress made in Iraq while those who are there describe the utter devastation of a country and it's people.

    And to state that he will be bringing five thousand plus troops out of one hundred and thirty plus home in December puts Hillary's "Too Little, Too Late" in the proper perspective.

    September 14, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  10. Jeff Old Bridge,NJ

    Is he getting even dumber?I didn't think that was possible.Apparently he didn't even read the General "Betryus" report.The surge is unequivically NOT working.He's just throwing more bodies into the fire and wrapping himself up in THEIR bravery to hide from his own recklessness and stupidity only diminishes the honor of those servicemen and women.
    This is what WILL work.Five minutes after the results are in,the president elect,whoever that may be,announces that five minutes after being sworn in,that we are bringing ALL our troops home and it will be up to the UN and whatever passes for government in Iraq to clean up the mess that George WORST Bush has made of this part of the world and that he will be forced to stay in Iraq himself until the job is done!

    September 14, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  11. George, Urbana, IL

    Does this person have any credibility left? If the Congress does not impeach him, impeach the Congress. Then him.

    September 14, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  12. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Since the "holy city of Babylon" is so much more important than any US city,I hope to see the fundamentalists flock there to live.I'm sure we can arrange one way trips for these "god's Warriors" that support this occupation.The planning that went into Iraq had no exit strategy from the beginning.I don't think that this was left out in error.Bush had no intention of not fulfilling his biblical vision of seizing Babylon,now he won't give it up.Let's encourage them to move there,strongly encourage.

    September 14, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  13. Pete, T.S. FL

    Stay the course, stay the course,

    Mr. President,

    Iraq is not fighting for it's survival, my brothers and sisters in uniform are! And they are dying for your mistake.

    September 14, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  14. Bill Charleston SC

    Let's finish what we started Mr President. I support you completely.

    September 14, 2007 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  15. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    HOw about this. Since Bush sent the troops to Iraq in the first place, he needs to go to Iraq after finishing his term, and stay there until the mission is "finished" on way or the other. Bush is a big blowhard as long as he's safe here at home. If the responsibility of actually living and fighting this war were in his hands he may not be so excited to see it go on and on. What a coward.

    September 14, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  16. Moe, NY

    I am very happy that 5,700 of our soldiers will be coming home by Christmas, however, I feel that this move on the president's part is just a ploy to appease the american public. I think the president is playing the old shell game and am afraid the american public is going to be taken in by this game. In my opinion, all of our soldiers should be returning home.

    September 14, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  17. Brenda, Annapolis

    I did not vote for this man either time! I can't get blamed for this tyrannical man/dictator, the words that come out of his mouth, or the poor actions he decides to take (despite advisement).

    I guess he thinks we are as dumb as he is. Fortunately, I valued my college education a little bit more than he did. I can't wait for the madness to end in January '09.

    September 14, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. j.w. moseley, kaufman, texas

    this is remarkable, president bush once ran from a decision which affected my family and I, which ultimately changed our lives. now his refusal to listen, and everytime his lips move he is lying to the american people, i had the opportunity to witness many lies from him while under his employment. last night he showed great cowardeous again by placing the burden of proof on a general who had the opportunity to tell the truth also, but lied to protect his commander and chief, at that moment he could have been a true american hero, but instead gave up his honor.

    September 14, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Henry Tucker, GA

    Thank you, President Bush, for being a strong leader and not just a poll-watching politician.

    I hope the Iraqi people and their elected leaders take this last opportunity to make significant progress towards security, economic infastructure, and political reconciliation.

    Sadly there will continue to be an outpouring of negativity from nay-sayers seeking election. How awful they call the efforts of our brave soldiers "a failure" and seemingly continue holding out for defeat.

    September 14, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. RA The Framing Wizard LV, NV

    I must say to you Mr. President Bush; if Mexico and their people are our friends and congress would give their best efforts in trying to pass another amnesty bill next week (RUN DREAM ACT AMNESTY). Well than illegal immigrants that have settled here in our great nation, can join the US by helping with keeping up the fight against Islamic radical terrorist solution for more troop surge deployment.

    Legal and illegal immigrants from Mexico can volunteer to serve in our nations military branches.

    Hope these 11 reasons are justified for their assistance for solvency in our nation and determination to achieving reconciliation in Iraq.

    1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.

    2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

    3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

    4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

    5. $1 7 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

    6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

    7. 30% of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

    8. $90 Bill ion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

    9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

    10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens.

    11. In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the United States.

    12. The National Policy Institute "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.

    13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.

    14. So if deporting them costs between $206 and $230 BILLION DOLLARS, Start getting rid of em.' We'll be ahead after the 1st year!!!

    In God We Trust

    September 14, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. alan St Louis Mo

    Iraq future a smokescreen to drag this out to his final days as president.
    as he closes the door in the bedroom in the wite house thinking thats another 150 billion in my corpate republicans bank account. boy i cant wait till i finish my term take my bags of money running with a middle finger pointing at all those dems that gave me a hard time and decide how to spend it. So much money to spend so little time.

    September 14, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. Done with Bush

    Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

    September 14, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. Jay, clarksville, TN

    Here is something to think about – what qualifies as a sancutary or a breeding ground for terrorist? This is what advocates of staying in Iraq are fond of saying. Seeing as how those who attacked us on 9/11 came from Saudi Arabia and Osama is hiding in Pakistan, both allies of the US, does that mean that they are breeding grounds and sancutaries for terrorist? Or do these facts simply mean that we will always have enemies in the middle east and that those advocating this as a reason for staying in Iraq are suffering from a "willing suspension of disbelife."

    September 15, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  24. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Sorry George, I cannot see your way. To do so would require a significant degree of brain damage, which would be painful, and training in blind obedience to a dangerous regime, which would require selling out the remainder of my intelligence. I'd hardly have enough brain cells left to vote for Freddy boy.

    September 15, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |

    The only thing disappointing was that George did not read this speech from a nuclear submarine, dressed like a sailor man.

    September 16, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |