September 7th, 2007
03:42 PM ET
15 years ago

Bush likely to give prime time Iraq address

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush will "very likely" speak to the nation about the latest developments and conditions in Iraq during a prime time address next week, a senior administration official tells CNN’s Ed Henry.

An exact date and location for the speech have not been chosen yet.

According to the official, the speech will summarize the findings of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker's report, and attempt to re-frame the larger debate as Congress prepares to vote on timetables to withdraw U.S. troops from the country.

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  1. Keith Franklin, Tn


    Be still....let W ramble on and will only ensure a Democrat win in 08....and oh yeah...Craig needs to fight back and stay in his seat...that way the Democrats win the Presidency AND Congress with a heavy majority...Stand by as the GOP continues to self destruct...unless you are tuned into the ROVE network of lies.

    September 7, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. Someone who read a book this year!

    Who cares what he has to say? Who would believe a word of it at this point? Who???

    September 7, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |


    September 7, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  4. Eric, THE Republic of Texas

    "... as Congress prepares to vote on timetables to withdraw U.S. troops from the country."

    Uh, why is the Congress preparing to vote on anything related to the war?

    Congress does not run a war. The commander in chief does. Congress does not have the Constitutional authority to do so.

    Congress DOES, however, have the power of the purse (such a trite phase). If they want to end a war, fine... just vote to cut off funding. In other words, quit your posturing, put your money where your mouth is, do what you believe is correct (even though it's not) be man enough to make a damn decision and stick with it, and be prepared to weather the political fallout that will inevitably follow.

    Anything short of that is cowardly ankle-biting and impotent grandstanding. Do you hear that, Chuckie Shumer and Dick Turbin?

    But that will never happen, because while Democrats like to sit in the safety of the Congress and take sniping potshots at the commander in chief, they know which side their bread is buttered on... they're savvy enough to realize the American public would kick their lilly white a**es right out of Congress if they voted to cut off funding in the middle of a war.

    Dems are not stupid. They may hate Bush. They may hate the war. But they like their own comfort more, and reelection means more to dems than intellectual honesty. So don't worry, they're not about to cut off funding for this war. At least not before the 2008 elections... after that, all bets are off.

    September 8, 2007 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  5. Mrs. America

    My stomach doesn't get so sick anymore when I see him. I just don't believe anything he says. I've kind of numbed up and just hope we can get to Jan. 2009 without him doing something even more outrageous, like going for the red button. I think he should be under full-time psychiatric observation.

    September 8, 2007 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  6. Isaac, Philadelphia, PA

    lame duck since 2004.

    September 8, 2007 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  7. ThirstyJon, Freedomville, IL

    I look forward to it. I have been amazed at how many times when I have heard President Bush speak I find myself supporting him. He is always sincere and real.


    September 8, 2007 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  8. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Oh, we will have a new plan.
    The way forward

    That is what George calls his Iraq debacle.
    Then it had to be ammended.

    The new way forward.
    The next way forward.
    Some way forward.
    Which way is forward.
    Forward my mail to Paraguay, I'm outta here.

    Wonder how many times he will say 9/11?

    September 8, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  9. SE, Penna.

    Bush has no credibility!

    I tune him out!

    September 8, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Ralph, Sparkle City, SC

    Kick Fanny Dubya, Kick Fanny! Your own fanny right outta Washington. My fellow South Carolinians will be sad though. 70% of the Republican constituents in SC approve of Dubya's job performance.....unbelievable.

    September 8, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Matt, Holder, Illinois

    Gee, I am looking forward to some spin, spin, spin, and some butchering of the English language.

    September 8, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Mike, Canada

    How many more generations have to pass before we, as a society, get it in our heads, that no human, or group of humans are capable for governing the majority?

    We still can't end the most common ailments to mankind. We mask them with drugs, we ignore them with new age thinking, we avoid them by being busy in material and commerical pursuits.

    It doesn't matter, nor will it ever matter, what human president is in power, what promises they make before, and how ineffective they are in meeting them.

    Man will continue to dominate man to his injury! In the oval office, in the community and in the jungle.

    Put your energy into your families, you only get 80 years, don't waste it on this repetitive foolishness....

    September 8, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Lyons Steve

    President Bush will "very likely" speak to the nation about the latest developments and conditions in Iraq during a prime time address next week...

    Can you say, lowest Nielsen ratings ever?

    Is there anyone that really gives a damn about what our Worst. President. Ever. says about the Iraq war?

    I hope in the TV listings the speech is labeled properly as "Fiction."

    September 8, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Lyons Steve

    Excellent ! I was hoping to see one more State-of-the-Union-style address with all the pomp and circumstance, and President Bush proving all the naysayers wrong.

    He's failed miserably at doing that even one time, so I'm puzzled as to why you expect the inarticulate liar to do so this time.

    There hasn't been such a miserable failure as president in U.S. history until Georgie Boy.

    September 8, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. bprossersme

    President Bush is not an embarrassment; however, these sophmoric and childishly disrespectful comments on this page are an embarrassment. No wonder Europe looks down on America's scholars as stupid and inferior.

    September 8, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    When a Nation has a disrespectful, sophmoric and childish Leader as President, I would think it is only natural that he receive disrespectful, childish and sophmoric comments and/or criticism.

    Quite frankly I doubt many are looking forward to yet another of Bush's Prime Time Iraq addresses. His Iraq address is never changing. It's the same old rhetoric.

    We have a new Strategy based on actionable intelligence.(is "actionable intelligence" actually a word?) Look that up Laura.

    We have begun to make progress in Iraq ............ We need to give it more time. (It's only been six long years)

    We have to finish what we started for the sake of the Iraqui people and American Pride.

    To cut an run now is not an option.

    If we leave now we will be fighting terrorists on our shores instead of their shores.

    To leave now is to admit defeat and America is not a defeatish Nation. (Is "defeatish" a word Laura, look that up)

    Our brave soldiers are making progress we need to let them do their job.

    These are hard times but we are up to the challenge. (we?) I hear a Rudy in that one.

    We have brought Democracy to Iraq. They are now a Democratic Nation.
    (Obvious from the visuals we receive of constant bombings and blood shed)

    Gimme a Break.

    September 10, 2007 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
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