September 7th, 2007
11:29 AM ET
8 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


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  1. Donald Gordon, Ontario, California

    To the person in Alberta, Canada who said he wants to "close my eyes and ears until he (Bush) is out of office." How do you think I feel, I actually have to live in this country, and hear about what this clown is doing on a regular basis. What's dumbfounding is that many people in this country still like our president, and the inane things he says and does, thank God there are only 502 days until Bush is packing his bags and heading back to Texas.

    September 7, 2007 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  2. Alan Duncan Santa Rosa, Ca.

    Chimp is repeating what his organ grinders are telling him. He's a little man with no capacity for original thought or critical thinking. No one else would utter such a statement in light of 3750 U.S. and 600,000+ Iraqi deaths.

    September 7, 2007 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  3. Chopin/ Honolulu, Hawaii

    Kicking ass? - whose ass?
    Wait for the sequel, when the elaborate Pentagon plans

    http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/04/17/060417fa_fact

    for "Operation American Barbarossa" really starts in earnest. When the promised "nuclear shock n awe" begins, and the entire Green Zone quickly turns into a "RED ZONE", blood red, that is, surrounded by millions of enraged shiite civilians turned into waves of thousands of suicide bombers and saboteurs. The Green Zone will become the Decider's "Stalingrad", in full view of the rest of the uncollaborative surrounding nations standing by, without any sympathy for this Decider's ultimate folly and self-immolation of American lives and honor. Sure, millions would die if the ultimate folly and sin of initiating World War Three becomes the direct sequel of an unabashed and unconstrained Texas Ass-Kicker is the Decider for the fate of America and the rest of the world.

    September 7, 2007 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  4. Alan Duncan

    Carter Couch alludes to the Petreus Report(such as it is). Petreus is just the "general d'jour" in a 5 year long line of "commanders". His predecessor(s) would still be there had they only toed the line. If he's a good boy maybe he'll get his 5th star. Gen. Shinseki, who suggested that we might need 400k troops, was gone post haste.

    September 7, 2007 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  5. Conrad Engelhardt, London UK

    We aren't playing the boardgame of Risk. Irag is not a videogame. These are real soldiers and real lives being lost. Our intellectually challenged President does not seem to realize the difference. He sounds like an adolescent bully who just beat up one of the neighboorhood kids.

    September 7, 2007 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  6. Kevin Rennie, Broome, western Australia

    Australia Not Amused

    George Bush has spent most of his time at APEC trying to prop up the Australian Prime Minister John Howard who faces an election later this year. The latest opinion poll gives the opposition a 60/40 lead. Its leader Kevin Rudd upstaged both of them by greeting the Chinese leader in fluent Mandarin.
    'Labor View from Broome' http;//laborview.blogspot.com/

    September 7, 2007 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  7. MARIE, HOUSTON, TEXAS

    WELL IF YOU DIDN'T WANT HIM TO BE PRESIDENT SECOND TIME AROUND THEN YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE VOTED FOR HIM....IT IS NOBODY FAULT BUT THE PEOPLES FAULT...MAYBE NEXT ELECTION YOU GUYS WILL CHOOSE WISELY!!!!

    September 7, 2007 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  8. Nigel Baldwin, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

    Bush claims the US is "...kicking ass" in Iraq.

    This, from someone who plainly doesn't know his arse from his elbow!

    September 7, 2007 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  9. http://antiutopia.wordpress.com/

    Gives a totaly new meaning to "kicking ass" concept.
    I kick ass therefore I am?
    heh!

    September 7, 2007 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  10. Col. Tim S, NY

    There's nothing wrong with saying "we're kicking ass" if in fact we WERE really kicking ass rather than getting our own asses kicked.

    The issue here is not that W. is being juvenille – but that he is LYING. AGAIN !

    Oh and by the way George, the only reason Al Qaida is virulent in Iraq is because you created the mess that attracted them there, and failed miserably in destroying them and capturing Bin Laden when you had the chance in Afghanistan. Your Secretary of Defence countermanded an order to bomb the crap outta Bin Laden when Special Ops had him in their sights.

    Impeach this idiot and Cheney! Now.

    September 7, 2007 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  11. Right Wing Nut

    We have known that verbal expression is not Bush's strong suit since 2000. Calling him an idiot is a waste of energy. The press should not tolerate comments like this, and should pin him down for specifics.
    Bush had 3 response choices: 1) war is going badly, 2) war progress is on plan, or 3) war progress is better than plan. As the leader of the military he probably feels its best to support the troops by making kickass statements in public. Let's hope he is more honest in private and is not delusional.

    September 7, 2007 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  12. SSG C. Pickens, Fort Hood, Texas

    I see a lot of negative comments aimed at the President of the United States of America. Regardless of what he said, it shouldn't be this way. These are tough times for our country and especially for those of us that are in the military. I've served two tours in Iraq. I've lost my family because my now ex-wife has also served two tours in Iraq. We both serve on active duty. The separation was too much to handle. I've had friends killed. I've missed countless birthdays and holidays. I won't get my wife and kids back. I won't get those birthdays and holidays back. I won't get those friends back. The only thing left that will satisfy me is for y'all to support us as we do what's requirred of us to ensure victory in Iraq and Afghanistan. This war isn't taking anything from you all. Sure, you feel as if gas prices are high because of the war. Sure, you feel as if the stock market is suffering because of the war. Sure, you feel as if billions of American dollars are being wasted on the war. These are all theories. Maybe they're true in a sense, but then again maybe they aren't. But what me and my battle buddies have lost isn't a theory, it's all factual. What those families have lost with their loved ones dying in this war have lost isn't a theory, it's factual. We don't blame the President, we blame Al Qaeda and others like them. Too much has been sacrificed to give up now. Remember 9/11! The results of the war on terror weren't expected by President Bush, they weren't expected by the military, and they weren't expected by you all. Truthfully, we are kicking ass. Before you say that we're losing this war, look at the number of enemy combatants killed in comparison to the number of U.S. deaths. The U.S. military can't be defeated. The thing that's hurting support for the war on terror is that we don't know our enemies. We know how many have been killed or captured, but we have no idea how many are left. Not only that, but countless new terrorists are recruited daily. When we don't know how many enemy combatants are remaining out there, how in the hell are we to know when the war's going to end? Seriously think about that for a second. There's so much more going on here than what's seen on the news every day. In order to understand what's going on here you have to be able to think outside of the box. I'm not taking away from anything that you all have said. This is a beautiful country and we can all speak freely. It'd just really make me and my fellow service members feel better if things wouldn't be said publicly that will satisfy our enemies. These enemies hate us simply because we're Americans. Whether you publicly support the President or not, they'll kill you all the same just because you're an American, these are the people we're fighting. Just please support us as we do our job. Please support him as he does what no other man could do. He faces criticism daily and still wakes up every day, smiles, and does his job. I'm not even a Republican, but I support him just because of what he does. It's easy for us to talk tough, but trust me, none of us wants or could handle this man's job right now. That within itself is commendable to me.

    September 7, 2007 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  13. Steve B, Phoenix, AZ

    This is just another example how deluded he really is about this war. If gwb thinks that 3753 confirmed american soldiers dead and billions spent to get us way back into debt is kicking ass, then ya good call, hey can we impeach gwb and chenney and charge them for there crimes yet. any one who agrees with gwb’s assessment should look at the statistics. What have we accomplished, the different political groups are still severely fractured, they still after four years can’t police there own country, they hate us. And he still doesn’t have a good patsy in position to give him easy access to the oil.

    Statistics from:
    http://icasualties.org/oif/

    clinton 08

    September 7, 2007 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  14. AURA VEIRS, CLAREMONT,CA

    THE NAM WAR WAS ILLEGAL LIKE THE IRAQ WAR. I HAVE THE VOLUMES OF THE SENATOR GRAVEL EDITION OF 'THE PENTAGON PAPERS." THEY REVEAL FACTS ALL TAXPAYERS AND PARENTS OF DRAFT AGE CHILDREN SHOULD KNOW. OF DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR NOMINATION, SENATOR GRAVEL IS THE BETTER QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT. THERE IS A PAPERBACK EDITION OF THE PENTAGON PAPERS. I URGE ITS WIDE READERSHIP. ALSO, TO SEE HOW BUSH-CHENEY CHEATED FLORIDA VOTERS, READ "JEWS FOR BUCHANAN," BY NICHOLS AND DESCHAMPS, THE NEW PRESS, NY 2001. SEE HOW THE SUPREME COURT STOPPED THE VOTE COUNT IN FLORIDA AND NOTE THE PART PLAYED BY FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR, BROTHER OF GEORGE W. BUSH. VOTERS..REMEMBER THE POWER TO APPOINT GAVE BUSH THE RIGHT TO BURDEN US WITH TAXPAID APPOINTEES WHO HELPED HIM START THE WAR AND DRAIN OUR PUBLIC TREASURIES. ANOTHER BOOK IS "WAR IS A RACKET" BY WW1 GEN. SMEDLEY BUTLER. HE TESTIFIED TO CONGRESS THAT HE WAS SENT WITH ARMED MEN TO PROTECT, NOT THE US.A, BUT THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS MADE IN FORIEGN NATIONS BY PROFITEERS. HE TESTIFIED HE WAS APPROACHED TO LEAD A FASCIST COUP HERE, USING MEN TRAINED IN TE MILITARY, WITH EASY ACCESS TO GUNS IN RESERVE FORCES. SENATOR GRAVEL, I KNOW, IS THE KIND OF PRESIDENT WE NEED.

    September 7, 2007 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  15. Carsten Hansen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Tens, if not hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, not to mention the over 3000 American soldiers, and Dubya says "we're kickin ass"... And we wonder why the rest of the world thinks that we Americans are arrogant and ignorant.

    September 7, 2007 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  16. Joanna, Yakima, Washington

    If only everyone that was so quick to judge this war and its effectiveness would take the time to listen to the soldiers that are in the middle of it maybe a few or you would have the straight story. Show me a soldier that has been in the midst that doesn't know and believe in what they are doing there and maybe I will change my opinion but until then I only have this to say..
    If you can't stand behind out soldiers feel free to stand in front of them!

    September 7, 2007 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  17. Marc Chicago

    OK wingnut trolls – your arguments are so lame.

    NO, we have not forgotten "about those plane attacks again".

    NO, we're not "angry because we're actually succeeding". If we were "actually succeeding", we wouldn't be angry. Give the president some respect?? You CANNOT be serious. Drink some more Kool-Aid. (Personal to Rick in Chicago: It's "your"!)

    NO, we're not providing aid and comfort to our enemies. Grow up and give that and the rest of your tired Fox talking points a rest already. Isn't freedom of speech one our "liberties" for which they allegedly hate us so much?

    NO, our anger is not the result of some irrational "Hate Bush" movement – Our hatred of him is completely rational. It is the result of having actually listened to him for the past six years.

    NO, we're not hoping for the US to be defeated in Iraq. We're hoping for an adult to show us how those who've given their lives due to this damn fool's delusions of machismo have not died in vain. (Personal to Carter Couch: It's "you're"!)

    September 7, 2007 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  18. Don Fitzgerald, Chicago

    He can sneak in and out of Iraq, but he can't make it to Viet Nam. A black mark on the American Presidency and an embarrassment to the American nation. How many more days before these Incompetents vacate our White House!!!?
    SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME, ALIVE. NOW.

    September 7, 2007 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  19. Stan Pollock, Renton, Washington

    What else should we expect from a guy who landed on an aircraft carrier and declared "Mission Accoplished!".

    September 7, 2007 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  20. Wayne, Marianna, Florida

    where are the WMD, where is Osama, where is out quick win. LIES and more LIES, but we impeach a president for lying about sex, but we can't impeach a president about lying to the American people about a war that didn't need to be waged, seems like we have lost out way as Americans, we look at soap opera News like FoXNews, the republican spin machine and let them dictate to all the other media outfits on what they should report on and how they should report it. Who DIED, left the the keeper of the thrown. We are Americans have a choice, and its not up to FOX, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC to tell us what to think, you as a individual should use your own mind and common sense.

    September 7, 2007 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  21. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    The last thing the left wants is for the U.S. military to succeed in Iraq. It's not in their POLITICAL best interest for America to win this war.

    How pathetic is that?

    September 7, 2007 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  22. unclesmedley, South County, Rhode Island

    My momma always said, "stupid is as stupid does."

    September 7, 2007 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  23. Stan Pollock, Renton, Washington

    Hey James W. Fairfield, CA

    So you are going to report Clint~Merio, Park Ca to the FBI's Western Regional Office in San Francisco for saying "Someone should kick Bush's ass and he would like to be the first in line!". Better put the majority of the country on that report! I would like to know if that is the color orange or red on your scare tatic alert?

    And for all you lame Bush lovers who love to bash liberals for hating Bush, Ive got a little secret for you. A majority of us Independents hate him too! Many of us vetrans don't like him either, and I hope thats not too liberal for you!

    September 7, 2007 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  24. Cindy Wilhelm , Florida

    Tough Talk Coming From A Coward !
    I Think He Needs His Ass Kicked !

    September 7, 2007 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  25. Thomas Cunningham, St. Petersburg, FL

    In those dark days immediately following 09/11/2001, I clearly recall President Bush warning all Americans that the war on terror would be long, tedious, and unlike any other war we've ever participated in. Many have forgotten President Bush's warning. Liberals do not give our Commander in Chief any benefit of the doubt at all.

    I agree that Bush is not the best orator we've ever had in the executive branch. President Clinton, on the other hand, could sell ice cubes to an eskimo. Unfortunately, Clinton was too busy with the numerous 'bimbo eruptions' to effectively deal with terrorism during the 1990s. As a result, his successor inherited the war on terrorism.

    To those on this message board who believe Bin Laden is getting the last laugh: Who is hiding in a cave like an intolerant murderous coward, and who is trying to keep the world safe from terrorism?

    There's too many Americans who feel our nation is the root of all evil in the world. How sad.

    September 7, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
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