November 29th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
7 months ago

Bush pledges full U.S. support to India

 Bush returned to the White House Saturday.
Bush returned to the White House Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush pledged Saturday the full support of the United States as India investigates the attacks in Mumbai that killed at east 183 people.

"The killers that struck this week are brutal and violent," he said. "Terror will not have the final word."

Bush, speaking after returning from Camp David, said his administration has been monitoring the situation closely.

"We're working to ensure that American citizens in India are safe," he said.

He said President-elect Barack Obama has been informed of developments for the attacks, which Bush called "an assault on human dignity."

"The people of India are strong. They built a vibrant, multiethnic democracy that can withstand this trial," Bush said.


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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Wow?

    okay, we had about 10 murders here in atlanta, ga over the past 2 weeks, and I'm guessing at least 200 people were killed in the entire US this month. Can we please Mr. Bush attempt to take care of home. Try to end poverty and crime in the USA.

    November 29, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Rebecca

    I have only the utmost respect for President Bush. Good job sir.

    November 29, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. DKR

    You do such a good job Mr. President.

    Keep praying you really need a mircale!!!

    November 29, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    What is the truth behind what prompted these actions by terrorist, what are the facts behind this. We need to know before our government gets involved, two wrongs don't make a right.

    November 29, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    Will January EVER get here?

    November 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Joyce in Indiana

    While I can hardly wait until January 21 when the current administration is out of office, it is good to know that they are keeping PE Obama's transition team informed. Nothing, not even what Bush has done in the past, would be worse than just dumping this and other problems on the new president without any preparation.

    Violence begets violence. The last thing the US should do is get involved in this, other than diplomatically. This is between India and the (possibly Pakistani) terrorists. Please, Mr. Bush, don't get us involved in another war!

    November 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. mr herrera manuel

    ronald reagan was a good smart republican president

    November 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Loretta

    President Bush, you are a great President and I would not expect
    any less of you. A true gentleman you are.
    I will be so sad when you leave the white house. I don't know what will happen to this country when you leave.
    May God bless you and your family.

    November 29, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. rob

    To Bob J,

    That was a very good post. Compared to the usual hate filled vitriol spewed on these pages it was refreshing. I am a McCain supporter but I wish Obama the best because it's our country that he will be leading.

    November 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Simmy

    God bless you sir! May you have a great life! I forgive you! Pray and ask God to do the same; He will!

    November 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. phw

    President Bush:
    When we see terrorist attack, we remember you are our great president who can stand up for the free world!

    November 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Clinton2012

    Bush is a joke. He should have retired decades ago.

    November 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Robert, LI

    Loretta

    so you are part of the 23% that think he is a good president... I see. you must be either rich or have no clue of what has been going on in this country for the last 8 years.

    you put republican before country, you place devastating economy and expensive pointless war before country!

    November 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Michael

    Terrorism is precisely that: terrorism. It is a cancer that feeds off of terror. Get it? So, each time the media, INCLUDING CNN focus in on the pain and fear of the victims, terrorism wins. Here is an appeal to the media: by all means, report terrorist atrocities. But for heaven's sake, please stop reporting on the fear and pain of the victims. Each time you do so, you strengthen the cancer. Over the years, countries that have had to live with the reality of terrorism have refrained from reporting the pain and fear. Can't we in America wake up?

    November 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. ran

    Will Jan 20,2009 ever get here. Bush should be charged with war crimes.

    November 29, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. TRUTH

    bush has no respect, he has destroyed the republican party, and ruined any chances in politics for jeb, not one smart person would listen to this guy with respect

    November 29, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. James

    Way to go Bush, atleast your limiting your stupidify in these last days which i can thank you for atleast. Im not looking to attack the guy but im sure as hell happy hes going, Loretta was that sarcastic, im just curious, you cant be serious.... honestly, i know nobody right now that isnt happy to see him going....this place is a mess. Its one thing to remain positive but .....jeez

    November 29, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. paul oregon

    ya bush is someone to be proud of . just like the savages that trampled a man at a wal-mart store. maybe the U.S needs to be let flushed down the toilett.the human race is pathic. a life for a sale.

    November 29, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Obama Now More Than Ever

    Bush and Cheney would throw darts to decide what country to bomb next in retaliation for the attacks in India. Just like Iraq, it would not matter whether they had anything to do with it or not. If there was profit in it for them, then war there would be!

    Thank God we now have an INTELLIGENT President who believes in looking for peaceful solutions and war and the sacrifice of life as a last resort.

    This attack in India was handled with excellence by the Indian government. Even Pakistan is offering help to investigate the source of the attacks. It is important to do investigative work to see where these attackers came from and what the point of their attack was about. They first asked for Americans and British but in the end it was the Indian people who lost the most citizens by far.

    Regardless of who was responsible, it is important to prosecute those captured and to not let this escalate to broad violence and revenge. Many of these terrorist groups are losing members and are falling apart. The nations of the world are working together to destroy the infrastructure of these violent groups. This was an attempt by them to gain attention and pretend they are still to be feared. Yes, they did kill many innocent people but almost all of the gunmen were caught or killed. The less attention we give them and the quicker India goes back to its normal daily routine – the less media attention these groups receive and the sooner the same daily life routines return the more irrelevant it makes these hate groups appear. It lessens their power and it hurts their recruiting efforts.

    Let the Intelligence organizations go after these groups behind the scenes and announce arrests when they catch them. Otherwise, these groups should be ignored. They want attention and they want to disrupt and change lifestyles so people live in fear. If we refuse to let this happen – the less impact these groups have and the less power they have to recruit, to grow, and to achieve their goals. It weakens them and they fall apart.

    India and the world should publically denounce the violence, mourn the innocent victims, and then life there should go on. Let their intelligence agencies hunt these people in silence and announce when they have destroyed them.

    Not giving them the media attention they want and not letting their actions change life as we know it is the greatest weapon we have in the destruction of these groups.

    May God be with the families who lost loved ones in this senseless attack but let us not respond with grand scale violence or revenge. We win by not giving the attackers the response they want.

    The world wins when war mongers like Bush and Cheney are taken out of power.

    November 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. George

    Let Bush make the decision.........He has made wrong decisions in the past.----–A wrong decision will elect a democart.

    November 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. mark

    Bush is a DISASTER for the country ........

    November 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. WISE

    Thank you Mr. President

    November 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. A Real Feminist

    Pakistan is not an ally. They harbor terrorists and allow them to run their country. Their government is cowardly and until they stand up to religious fundamentalism and join the modern world these attacks will continue to happen. No amount of "pledges" from the U.S. mean anything. Pakistan is the weak link in the war on terror.

    November 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. rusty

    This attack underscores the fact that Pakistan is out of control. The Government in Pakistan has not been able to do a thing about the terrorist havens, and training centers, in its country, and the world needs to call them on it. If not, this probably won't be the last time that something evil comes out of that country, and manifests itself elsewhere.

    November 29, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Steve NY

    I have to say, all the liberals and democrats are right on this one... we should say screw India, let them take care of their own problems.

    November 29, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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