April 10th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Bush backs pause in withdrawals from Iraq

 President Bush meets with Gen. David Petraeus, left, and Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, on Thursday.
President Bush meets with Gen. David Petraeus, left, and Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - "Serious and complex challenges" remain in Iraq that will prevent further withdrawals of American troops this summer despite a reduction in violence in the past year, President Bush announced Thursday.

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  1. Black Man for Hillary

    W and Cheney are not through hiding all that money they "spent" on the war.

    April 10, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Ted

    When MacArthur wanted to run things in Korea, he was fired by a decisive President. Truman didn't feel it was appropriate to use nuclear weapons against Manchuria.
    Now we have a president who knows little or nothing about actual combat, in fact he ran away from his obligation, and now is deferring to an Army General and a diplomat. What's wrong with this picture? Is Pres Bush decisive? Yes, but is he wrong the majority of the time. Maybe the decisions really are not being made by him?

    April 10, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Black Man for Hillary

    Chris Banner, The answer is yes, and his name is Obama.

    April 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Herman LA, CA

    Impeach

    April 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Concerned Human

    He is worried by withdrawing troops from Iraq early will reduce the profit margin of his and Cheney's defense contractor friends will be able to make.

    They both want them to flourish and prosper as along as they can at the cost of American milatry personnel and Iraqi civilian lives and hard working tax payers money.

    April 10, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. EBC

    Geee will someone please get a dust pan. I think there a lot of CRAP being dished out here.

    Bushman NO ONE is buying your fumbling speeches, too little and WAY too late to even matter.

    Just do us a favor and pack your bags and go home!

    April 10, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Jasmyne

    And SOME Clinton supporters are willing to put up with 4 more years of this crap just because their feelings are hurt that theircandidate didn't win. HIllary and Barack agree on 95% of the issues and I believe that they both will do a great job at running this country. Barack has just outcampaigned her, plain and simple. You can't win them all, it's a fact of life. Stop being childish and get over yourselves.

    April 10, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. EBC

    Clinton supporters -

    Explain WHY President Bush's comments is Sen. Obama's fault again?

    I mean WOW...can you at least come up with something more original and LESS predictable?

    April 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Retired Professional w/woman for obama

    The Iraqis have billions in the bank and we are bankrupt of our
    Soldiers that died, and the money that was spent for war, even when
    our troops did not the proper equipment. America, Do you want to cry
    yet. And Carl Rove is working for Fox with Hannity. Makes me want to
    puck.

    April 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. NickNas

    Why can't ANYONE show some spine and call this move what it is? A simple delay tactic so this administration can run out the clock and go HOME while our kids are still being killed over there.

    Rumsfeld is already enjoying a guilt free retirement on us and so many other who got us into this and now are safe at home relaxing. I thank God my daughter made it back from Iraq alive.

    Are we REALLY going to let them get away with this??

    April 10, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Allen in NC

    He , among others in the bush administration need to be charged with war crimes, Crimes against humanity, And Perjury. His crimes are no less that what they hung sadam for....

    April 10, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. PatH2

    I am so sick of hearing about Obama. The man is a saint compared to CNN and MSNBC. Both of your new orgainzations should be ashamed of the bias you people show toward this unknown. Tell me what are you going to say when he's president and we find out everything we should of known about him before he was elected. Start doing your job. There is the 1st black and the 1st woman ever running for this office. Bosnia lasted longer than the Reverend Wright. Why was Obama not asked why at first he said he wasan't in the pew when the Reverend made these statements and if he was he would of walked out and he also would of left the church. Only reason that chnaged was the next day pastors from other churches came out and said they were upset he threw his pastor under the bust. So the next day comes the speech where he said of course he knew about the pastor and so on and so on and so on. Why didn't you crack reporters and pundits investigate further, but Bosnia you people talked about for days. I have never seen such bias and I as a woman will not vote for this man, but I will not let my vote go unheard I will hold my nose and vote for McCain.

    April 10, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. wwf

    Do you really think that staying in Iraq will stop the terrorists from trying to get us? No attacks for 5 1/2 years and some of you think it is because of the war? What about all of the years before this war against the axis of evil? How many times were we attacked? Iraq did not attack us. True or false? True. So why are we there? If you don't know the answer by now, you never will. I tell you what. Those of the American public who want to keep the war going start sending checks to Washington to help pay for it above and beyond your taxes and your children's children's taxes. Then you can thump your chest and say Yah.

    April 10, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. MD

    I hope that after Bush leaves office the truth about his motives for going into Iraq comes out.

    We don't know what McCain might do, if elected. It is premature to label him "warmonger." We do know that Bush and Cheney are warmongers, though.

    With so many Arab Americans in prominent positions in academia and Business, the United States government would have fared much better in Iraq, had it consulted them. Cowboy Bush knows nothing of the old and complicated culture of the people in Iraq.

    I do not condone what Sadam did in Iraq. However, our brand of social justice and freedom does not fit any nation in the Middle East. Yet, no American president is capable of understanding that.

    It may suit us to see our women in the work place, but the 5000 year culture of Arab countries does not bear that well. We should come down our high moral horse in this country, and stop trying to Americanize every nation in the world.

    April 10, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Bush is the worst president in this nations history, thats whyI really don't understand how some of these people still love his and agree with him its like we are seeing two different things, But I bet, If you send his 2 children to war it will end very very quick, every one elses children are dying not his and for that he sleeps well at night.

    April 10, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Juno

    284 DAYS
    8 Hrs 30 Min 49.9 Sec

    April 10, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Stacy Clarks,

    THIS GUY IS THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE

    ANYONE THAT LIES TO SEND OUR CHILDREN TO A WAR THAT WE DID NOT NEED TO FIGHT, AND SEND OUT CHILDREN WHO ARE HEROIC ENOUGH TO SERVE IN THE ARMED SERVICES TO DIE, AND SEND OUR CHILDREN TO A WAR FOR SELFISH GAINS, IS PURE AND SIMPLE EVIL!!! EVIL!!! EVIL!!

    I HOPE ALL YOU LOSERS THAT VOTED FOR HIM A SECOND TERM CAN LIVE WITH YOURSELVES

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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