September 7th, 2007
11:29 AM ET
9 years ago

Bush on Iraq: 'We're kicking ass'

President Bush will give his progress report on Iraq next week, based on information from Gen. David Petraeus.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq last weekend, he made clear he was pleased with what he saw.

"The security situation is changing," Bush told reporters during the visit. "There's more work to be done. But reconciliation is taking place."

But according to the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia, the president gave a more-to-the-point assessment to Australia Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile.

"We're kicking ass," Bush said to Vaile Tuesday, according the Herald, after the deputy prime minister inquired about his trip to Iraq.

On Thursday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino would not confirm or deny the reported comment. (Related Video: Jack Cafferty reads your e-mails on Bush's blunt talk)

This isn't the first blunt comment Bush was overheard making to a world leader. At last year's G8 summit, a live microphone picked up the president telling then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the United Nations needs to "get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s**t."

- CNN's Elaine Quijano contributed to this report

Filed under: President Bush
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  1. Larry, Walnut Ca

    What kool aid is bush drinking these days? I respect the office no matter who is in, but this man is unreal in a surreal situation.

    September 6, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. PA Patriot

    Only an ass would say "we're kicking ass" in Iraq.

    September 6, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. D.R. Smith

    Ref: Bush's Comment - "We're kicking ass." Chicken hawks like Bush talk tough with the blood of American soldiers. The only "ass" is incompetent, arrogant, bullheaded buffoons like him. Bush makes most American citizens ashamed of the office he holds–that is why he is at 29% in the polls, and has been in the 20's and 30's most of his second term.

    September 6, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  4. Gary DeVaney Las Vegas, Nevada

    This is Gary DeVaney. (Captain, USAR / ARNG – retired)

    UPDATE: I have thought long and hard about it and have come to the conclusion that:

    George W. Bush, the ass-kicker, is the GREATEST leader I have ever seen in my entire lifetime.

    President George W. Bush is responsible for over 1,000,000 Iraqi deaths since he waged a pre-emptive war on a country that could not defend itself. His primary reasons for waging war on the Iraqis turned out to be lies.

    The GREATEST leader is the effective leader whose "will" can successfully break, kill or control all other's wills under all circumstances.

    To date, that is exactly what President George W. Bush has successfully done. His "will" leads, and he successfully gets results through others.

    I haven't been able to break George W. Bush's will to end the illegal war that he was ordered to start. Can you?

    Neither can his fellow Republicans – even those who do have a conscience and want to stop him.

    Neither will the deceptive – proven to be wimpy – Democrats.

    Certainly his chosen (oil-owning) enemy cannot break his will. They will continue to die trying.

    Up to now, Bush has successfully controlled the wills of all the American people. Specifically, to date, he has controlled the will of the US Senate, the US Congress, the mainstream media, most US Christians and most of the wills of the prominent leaders of the rest of the World.

    Can you tell me who will stop him – and at what price?

    George W. Bush's government has become Adolf Hitler's Nazi government – except, Bush HAS the weapons of mass destruction. He HAS the technology. He HAS the control of "space-command". And, he GETS all of the International Banker's money and backing that he asks for. He HAS all that he needs to do it all – whereby Hitler did not.

    Nothing breaks or controls human wills faster than killing a million people. George W. Bush HAS accomplished that. Again, that heinous "accomplishment" fearfully controls most of the cowardly wills in the US Congress and Senate and most of the other prominent wills in leadership positions worldwide.

    All previous US Presidents combined have borrowed about 1.01 trillion dollars up to the year 2000.

    President George W. Bush alone HAS borrowed about 1.05 trillion dollars since the year 2000. (CNN News: 6-18-2007)

    To make it perfectly clear, President George W. Bush HAS borrowed more money from the International Bankers than all the previous US Presidents have borrowed combined. That makes the International Bankers very happy because your children will be paying endless interest on the money that is being spent to fulfill their agenda.

    By the way, I view that the Internatonal Bankers are the bosses of the Bush gang. Nobody dare know them or point the finger at them. To appeal to the child, the International Bankers are "The Wizard of OZ" that controls all from behind the curtain.

    George W. Bush is the GREATEST leader I have ever seen. Like God, his will and deeds are not subject to law.

    According to corporate-media-propaganda, his will indicates that the killing has just begun.

    Neither you nor I can break his will to end the New World Order / One World Government / International Banker agenda. Have we all been beaten and are we all controlled by his will? Is "free-will" over for America?

    The Biblical God must be proud of His appointed leader, President George W. Bush, who may go down in history as the GREATEST leader ever.

    My Regrets, Gary DeVaney

    September 6, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. Robert Stephens

    That man and his Darth need to be retired NOW. We have never had such a scourge on the earth.

    September 6, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. Lawrence Leon

    The Moron-In-Chief strikes again. Whose ass are we kicking? The Iraqi people? The Democrats? We the American People? How many more have to die before he stops?

    September 6, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. Mike, Corpus Christi TX

    Rick from Chicago,

    Unless I have read it wrong, I'm surprised at your comment in support of bush. You have in the past made very excellent comments with the facts to show what a lame administration his really is. Perhaps I'm missing something here.........?

    September 6, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. Robin, Seattle.

    Pretty strong words from a moronic boob who did everything he could to avoid military service when it was his a– on the line. What an idiot.

    September 6, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. Anna,Boston ,MA,

    Is he serious? What a fool, he clearly needs a reality check

    September 6, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. andrew s rostolder hillsdale nj.

    laura must be very proud of her georgie..................not

    September 6, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. rich nj

    Huh!!?? 4th quarter, 1 minute left, home team down 45-7, and wow..they score a touchdown and the coach exclaims "we're kicking ass!" The policy debacle continues even without Rumsfeld, Rove, Bartlett, Gonzales etc..etc..Maybe is wasn't the staff after all, maybe Bush is...oh..I forgot...Cheney is still there and nuff said. "Kicking ass" insult to the American people.

    September 6, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. Gina, Cincinnati, OH

    I didn't vote for him.

    September 6, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. Mike, San Diego, CA

    I'm in the military and this is the same crap all senior leadership says. They aren't on the ground nor do they care to know the truth. The Pentagon lost it's power a long time ago and now they are just pawns to the politicians and tell them whatever they want to hear for promotion purposes. Ask the troops if we're kicking ass...not Bush, Congress, or the Pentagon!

    September 6, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  14. Mike, NY

    Jesus would be so proud.

    That's pretty much all that needs to be posted here. Thanks, Ben from Chicago.

    September 6, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. Heath B., Charlotte NC

    What comes out of this man's mouth does not amaze me anymore. God Bless our Troops, and thankfully we have learned the lessons from Vietnam, as it is not their choice, but the choices of our policy-makers that put them in this position. Our focus has shifted from finding the bad guy in Bin Laden, to going after oil. Blood for Oil, not a bad racket if you are Bush, especially when it is not your blood.

    September 6, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. Laura, Tulsa , OK

    How can anyone not in the miltary really know what the status of our mission is, when the US military has a policy not to release enemy casualties? Yes, we have suffered far more American casualties than anyone expected, but we have no idea how many Islamic radicals have been eliminated. Jihad is not going away, and I only hope that what the DOD states is accurate and that we are indeed kickin' a**. I would hope most Americans also are rooting for our troops!

    September 6, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  17. Cenn, Concord, CA

    Profanity aside, how many times did this clown say we're making progress in Iraq?

    And what's worse is there's still idiots in this nation that still believe this propaganda.

    September 6, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  18. JK Not, A Republican

    Kicking Ass!!!

    September 6, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  19. Debra McMahon, Westfield NJ

    bush is definitely the guy to know about kicking ass-being stationed with the air national guard during vietnam and all-oh-and yeah-also "landing" on an aircraft carrier-"mission accomplished"-what an ass kicker or is it-kick in the ass to the usa he's turned out to be

    September 6, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  20. Amy, Canton, OH

    SIGH! There Mr Bush goes again, acting like he's playing wargames instead of real war with real military personnel and their lives not to mention their familes. It's embarrassing. Mr. Bush is screaming for a reality makeover.

    September 6, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. Neil - King of Prussia, PA

    If you call the murder of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens "kicking ass" then W is correct.

    September 6, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  22. Marjorie Sener, Los Angeles, CA

    Ooolgph – Sorry! I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    September 6, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  23. Jack - Philadelphia, PA

    When we suffer another terrorist attack, words like this, and our illegal and immoral actions in Iraq will be the cause. Bush is beyond ignorant, he is dangerous and has made the US of A, much less safe.

    September 6, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  24. S. Wright

    A contrast:

    Senator Schumer on the Senate Floor: "The violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from Al-Qaeda said to these tribes, "We have to fight Al-Qaeda ourselves." It wasn't that the surge brought peace here. It was that the warlords took peace here, created a temporary peace here."

    President Bush: "We're kicking ass."

    Result: One is a douchebag that has never gone to Iraq, nor will he discuss his reasons for not going, and is posturing for political gain only.

    The other is obviously better informed and doing what's in the best interests of the country.

    God bless America!

    September 6, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |

    So what? People aren't allowed to cuss?

    September 6, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
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