April 10th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
6 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. Frank, Missouri

    President Barack Obama will clean that mess up.

    April 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Alex H

    Of course he does.

    April 10, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Scott

    Your serious and complex challenges wouldn't be there if we had never gone in the first place! Get out! Get out now! The people of Iraq now have a choice on how to govern themselves. Heck, when the British told us how to govern ourselves, we kicked them out. Isn't it about time for us to leave?

    April 10, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. R CAL

    Five years, over 4,000 dead of America's best, unknown number of fatalities of innocent Iraqis caught in crossfire, a trillion dollars out of our laboring economy, no end in sight, no defined goal or success measurements, and Bush is cheerleading for more. Meanwhile, OBL roams free in the hills of Afghanistan and Pakistan and our overstretched military does not have the resources to go after him, while the Taliban again rises in power. This is a tragedy of immense proportions.

    When will this nation change it's trajectory? After all our young people have died? After our banks collapse, our homes are all lost, jobs all disappear, and no one is left to try to get healthcare they cannot afford? Ghastly visions of the Roman Empire, arrogance and overreach expansion redux. Nationbuilding, just not building our own nation. I love my country, but my heart is breaking.

    April 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Bush backs $4.00 a gallon gasoline and more.

    April 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. dEMABRAT

    Of course he does! He's got to make a few more million off of Haliburton before he goes!

    April 10, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Chris Banner

    The worst president we have ever had
    God, I am always un-impressed by George Bush speeches
    Could we ever have a worse president ? Ever?

    April 10, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Appiah-Marfo

    Bush & McCain talks about "gains" being made in Iraq....May I respectfully ask these two "stay the course folks" to define gains? Is it gain when over 4000 of young men & women losing the lives? Is it gain when spending 12 million a day? and majority of Americans no decent healthcare, Good people of America facing Mortgaga crises?... I can go on and on, and on to list the number of crises Americans are facing. Perhaps I must pulse and say in Bush – McCain english lexicon "gain" is backwardly understood.

    April 10, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Saad from NJ

    I respect President Bush as a person but I wonder how he lives with his conscious for what he has put our nation through in Iraq and more so, how he lives with the fact that he had two of the most evil people in the world right under him in his cabinet! How does he live with these facts... I wonder sometimes.

    April 10, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Georgia

    Is anyone surprised? Yet again, another lie. Can't wait until he is gone.

    April 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. DM, Arlington TX

    The worst command and Chief American ever had. He killed so many people and did not except responsibilty yet.

    April 10, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Grif

    There are no other options open..

    April 10, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. trellskig

    Of course he backs the plan (not to withdraw) because the soldiers are protecting his families oil investments and these kids getting killed are not his sons, daughters, etc...

    I say, if they could, draft his daughters and send them to Iraq and lets see how this moronic, gump responds.

    This is bad business!

    April 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. RENEA,PLYMOUTH,MI

    THE PRESIDENTS PAUSE IN THE TROOP DRAW DOWN FROM IRAQ IS SMOKE SCREEN. THAT IS SAME PERIOD HE IS GOING TO ORDER LIMITED STRIKES AGAISNT IRAN.THAT WHY THE PRESIDENT WANT THE TROOP TO STAY PUT.

    April 10, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Brian

    Does anyone think that Iraqi's like taking orders from Americans? It's been five years, give them their freedom!

    April 10, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Carmen

    The General and Crocker only told us what Bush wanted to hear. We need to stop this War. This administration has NO plan. At the end of their term they have nothing to worry about because they made plenty of money and are sitting on enough money for years and generations to come. I don't know what planet Bush is living in, but we must stop this war.

    April 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Tony

    We have lived to witness "interesting times" as they would say in China.

    April 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. clarence virginia beach va

    This is supposed to be good news. No. The 12 month tour is what it should have been all along, that's normal rotation. 6 months for the U.S. marines. 6 month cruises for the U.S. Navy. This is not all of that!! Trust me, although welcome news for the guys who are not already over there. Sorry not fooled!! For the brave service people over there business as usual.

    April 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Brandon

    Theres a shocker

    April 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Mary - PA

    Gee, that's a shock........NOT!

    April 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Nick, Minneapolis, MN

    I back a pause in his presidency.

    April 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Norisha

    Bush and McCain are idoits in the worst way!

    April 10, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Unfortunately, Bush, Petraeus and Crocker will be leaving our troops in Iraq at the end of Bush's term. This is sad.

    April 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. A REAL American

    I know there will probably be a lot of crude, angry posts on this article, which is typical whenever Bush's name pops up on the ticker, but I recommend everyone read the political commentary by Glenn Beck found on CNN's homepage. Then YOU can decide if all that hatred and resentment is productive....

    April 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. M.A. Dashell

    The minimum requirement for comprehension of the words, "Serious" and "Complex": At least half a brain!

    April 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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