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

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  1. James W, Fairfield, Ca

    Linda – Albany, NY

    You wrote, "Ah yes….we all know the limitations the Bush Administration has placed on our right to the so-called "free speech."

    Linda, your free speech rights have not been diminished – you can say how you feel, what you think, disagree with the President, etc.

    You CANNOT yell fire in a movie theater.

    You CANNOT defame, slander, or libel.

    You CANNOT lie in court.

    You CANNOT speak in court which causes contempt of court.

    You CANNOT speak publicly about a trial where a judge forbids it.

    You CANNOT use hate speech which incites violence.

    And You CANNOT threaten the President of the United States with a violent act.

    PLEASE learn your rights and their limits!

    September 7, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Charles, Chicago, Illinois

    • GWOT – 2,185 days (9-12-01 through 9-7-07), 3,321 total service members killed due to hostile action, (not including non-hostile deaths, mishaps, accidents, etc.) (3,071 OIF hostile deaths, 250 OEF hostile deaths) = 1.5 service members killed per day...

    The numbers don’t lie. Looking at the KIA/MIA/POW statistics proves we are NOT losing the War on Terror, and we ARE kicking *ss, despite what the media states....

    Make no mistake about it. The enemy has clearly stated that Iraq is the central front of their war against the West. Pulling out of Iraq prematurely will not end the war in which we fight… it will merely tell the enemy that they were correct in thinking Americans are indeed paper tigers who lack the will, the fortitude and the stomach to endure deep losses in a long protracted war. It will give the enemy a victory. And even worse, it will move the front closer to us.

    Posted By Eric, THE Republic of Texas : September 7, 2007 12:36 pm

    Wow Eric that's great. Only 1.5 (rounded) dead, brave Americans a day. That sounds great unless, of course, you happen to be one of the 1.5 or the family of one of the 1.5. Then....not so good.

    And Eric, why is Iraq now "the central front of their war against the west"? They certainly weren't under Saddam. He was a ruthless, dictaor and creep. But, he also hated Bin Laden and would have probably thought nothing about murdering him had Al Queda entered his country.

    But what did we do? We invaded a sovereign nation without a plan. We killed and maimed thousands of civilians (Not the fault of our soldiers, that's part of war.) We destabalized a nation and made it ripe for those with anti-American sentiment to flood in. We turned what little good will we had in the mid-east into a shambles.

    Don't talk to me about WMA's as an excuse. There were none. Don't talk to me about Saddam being a bad guy. There are plenty of bad guys we don't attack. Don't talk to me about 911. Iraq had nothing to do with 911. Don't talk to me about liberating the people of Iraq from a tyrant. I don't think the hundreds of thousands that have been killed or maimed and the million + that have been made refugees think they are better off with the joke of a democracy they have now.

    If we would have taken the fight to those who really harmed us I would have applauded. But we became easily bored with the non "target rich" Afghanistan and allowed it to become a drug nation with the profits going to those who do mean to do us harm.

    If you can give me one justification for going into Iraq I would be grateful. Do not give me reasons why we should stay. I could care less. I want to know why we are there to begin with.

    September 7, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Zink, Chicago, IL

    Mr Ed Boogerman,Whitfield, etc
    Please take your whiney ass outta here, if you can't take the fact that the majority in this comments section and the majority in this country cannot stand the current president. He is worthless, his ridiculous cronies he calls his administration are worthless – and if someone calls him a war criminal, they wouldn't be far off.

    I would – if he walks into my country without provocation and kills and maims thousands. And to top it all, go around the world talking like a school yard punk!

    So go get a life – and may be a new and more intelligent life form to back in the next election.

    September 7, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Hank Marshall Chicago IL

    Any self-respecting WW II vet ought to be appalled at Pres. Bush's "kicking ass" comment. Our brave men and women of the 1940's kicked Japan's, Germany's and Italy's collective asses, across three continents, in less time than Boy George has had to - what? - make a deal with Saddam's former henchmen in one or two provinces?

    Mind you, I think today's military is every bit as brave as our heroes of the past. The difference is that today's so-called "commander in chief" is a moron whose only reason for claiming we're kicking ass is to protect his own ass.

    September 7, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Maybe Jesus & George W. have more in common than I thought,"I am not of this world." John 15,19.

    September 7, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Jack, Hellhole, Texas

    To my brothers-in-arms that are currently serving and have served in Iraq. During my service I was mad as hell at the people back home protesting to stop the war I was fighting and it took decades for me to come to terms with it. I felt abandoned, betrayed and it wasn't until I gained some perspective and wisdom did I realize that in most cases they were concerned about my welfare and the welfare of those fighting that senseless war. Much of what was said back then still bothers me but I would rather have a citizenry engaged in ending an immoral war than blindly supporting it from one decade to another. It took time for me to see this. What pains me the most are what our soldiers are going through and the sense of abandonment some of them feel. Some may never come to terms with it, like many of my friends I served with, while some like myself will see the concern that so many at home had for us. I love every damn one of you fighting this war and I long for the day you are not in harms way and in the arms of your family. The vast majority of people that oppose this war are supporting you by not supporting the decisions that put you there. I know when you are on the front lines it is hard to see and harder to understand but we are behind you and we love you all. I unlike our Coward in Chief have shed many tears for you and I will shed many more I fear. War leaves the all of us scarred with wounds that may never heal. It is impossible to fully understand the impact combat has on you unless you experienced it. No one in this current administration is aware of that fact and as far as I can so none of them care. I pray for you serving in harms way everyday. You are not alone and we love and support you all.

    September 7, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. anna, Appleton, WI

    As Americans, our soldiers have DIED so each and every one of us can voice our opinions. Free speech is one of our rights as citizens. I have supported our President since day one. I don't always agree with him but I DO respect him. I have NEVER found a single President who's beliefs were accepted by 100% of the Americans, 100% of the time. Enjoy your freedoms people and just be thankful you have them!

    September 7, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Austin, Greenville, SC

    Jeff in Salinas, CA:

    [Mr. President, please keep in mind that the same people that critize your efforts to protect our freedom are the same people that lack the testicular fortitude to fight for freedom!]

    Sometimes it takes more testicular fortitude to speak out than to blindly follow.

    Criticizing the President does not make someone a coward or a traitor. Dissention is not undemocratic–in fact, it is one of the core freedoms of a democracy.

    September 7, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Dave, Miramar Beach Fl

    If we are "kicking ass" in Iraq, how come Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O Lielly refuse doing any shows in downtown Baghdad?. If any of them would do a live show for a week in Baghdad or Anwar providence I would change my mind. You will never see it.They know the truth

    September 7, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. WorstPresidentEver OR

    If you or anyone else would like to post a threat against the President – go right ahead. I'll be watching.

    Posted By James W, Fairfield, CA : September 7, 2007 1:43 pm
    Hey tough guy, If the FBI were to lock up anyone who made statements similar to Mrs
    America's they would have 3/4 of this country behind bars. Get a life. Why don't you do something productive and enlist?

    September 7, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Yury, Staten Island

    Instead of important stories like this, why doesn't CNN give us a death count. How many soldiers and civilians have died. By all means, differentiate between our soldiers and enemy soldiers, but please, give us numbers. We need to know just how much ass we are kicking.

    September 7, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. BT, Cleveland,OH

    Does this remark rate with the likes of 'Mission Accomplished' & 'Bring Em On'? The infamous quotes of moron's would be laughable if they weren't so tragic; which is why moron's should try to keep their mouth shut as much as possible.

    September 7, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Ed

    Death Count...

    There were 16,885 alcohol-related fatalities in 2005 – 39 percent of the total traffic fatalities for the year.

    Impeach Jack Daniels...

    September 7, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Steve Lowen

    Perhaps Jimmy Carter, the other President Genius, was, like the proverbial clock, right once.
    How is the bright Texan, Ron Paul,
    doing these days?

    September 7, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Bob Miller

    We should be kicking ass, his ass. Impeach him!

    September 7, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Paul TX

    Looks like Mr. Ed Gruberman is trying to be all noble and get nominated for Attorney General.

    Also, for the guy in Salinas, CA that said those of us that criticize don't have the testicular fortitude to protect our freedom should really ask before assuming. I servied in our US military honorably for 5 years. I did not re-enlist because I no longer believed what the commander in chief did. I served my time. Don't tell me that I didn't have the guts. Tell us about your military background. Being from Salina, CA, your probably an illegal anyway and trying to be nice as to not get deported. Immigration officials are on their way.

    September 7, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Eric, THE Republic of Texas

    Charles from Chicago wrote:
    "And Eric, why is Iraq now "the central front of their war against the west"? They certainly weren't under Saddam."

    Al Qaeda was in the following:
    Middle East, Greater Europe, most of SE Asia, Greater SW Asia, North Africa, Russia, many former Soviet states, Germany, England, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, Phillipines, the Balkans, Saudi Arabia, North America, Canada, the US, New York, Florida, Boston, Minnesota, Arizona, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on...

    But somehow, they magically weren't in Iraq.

    Uh, sorry. I don't buy it, bub.

    September 7, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. RA The Framing Wizard LV, NV

    President Gorge W. Bush is just as human as all the rest of US Americans as a united nation. Like none of the US has made any mistakes with their mouths and then have the brass too criticize with your filthy comments. He is just a man with the brass too see it how it is. We all need to remember the golden rule!

    Not that I agree with every move that our President has used during the past seven years. All you left wing liberals would take you own heads out of your own asses and pay attention to what is really happening with these Islamic fundamentalist, radical Mullah men, Moslem religious groups that intend to rule the world within their own culture.

    A people that are willing sacrifice them selves their families own lives in the name of Islam, Mohammad, Allah, (what ever?); and their radical religious beliefs need their asses kicked but well. These types of threats have been boiling over for millenniums. Maybe our Presidents position doses have impeachment tendencies within that office for many reasons; but the war on terrorism is not one of them, the war on terrorism is all our fight globally and we all must to stand united on this issue for the good of our nation and all peoples.

    IF the whole class cannot do it together, than the class cannot do it at all. Mr. Sue 1965

    Good for you President George W. Bush; GO FOR IT! You just keep on defending the war in Iraq and our fight against terrorism until your last day in office and crucify all the radical Moslem leaders; all the ones that are try to kill as many infidels as they possibly can. I say round up all radical Moslems and all their leaders here in the United States. Just like our country did with all the Japanese during WWII. Place all radical Moslems, Leaders and their families; protect them from harm in a safe area until we rid our country of their domination to control.

    September 7, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Grovin, Darnassus, IL

    We're kicking ass, up is down, black is white...

    dogs and cats living together; mass hysteria!

    September 7, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. RA The Framing Wizard LV, NV

    Dear CNN,
    I would just like you to know the things that are being posted on your CNN Political Ticker. According to your posting policy…
    CNN Comment Policy: CNN encourages you to add a comment to this discussion. You may not post any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate the law. Please note that CNN makes reasonable efforts to review all comments prior to posting and CNN may edit comments for clarity or to keep out questionable or off-topic material. All comments should be relevant to the post and remain respectful of other authors and commenter’s. By submitting your comment, you hereby give CNN the right, but not the obligation, to post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, web cast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying information via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity.
    Bush is far worse than Hussein was and he was murdered for war crimes. Bush needs to be put on trial for war crimes. He led us into a war under false pretenses. That is a crime. Thousands of innocent people have been killed because of him. The rest of the world would be wise to see that Bush is a tyrant and he must be punished according to international laws.
    Posted By Rodney Dallas TX: September 7, 2007 2:13 pm
    We sure are. We’re responsible for the death of more than 600,000 dead Iraqi’s so far. Heck, most of them are women and children. If you really step it up George, you can kill enough of them so that there won’t be any more Iraqi’s left after we kill the present generation. If you try EXTRA HARD you can still catch Adolph Hitler for second place on the all-time list of mass murderers. However, you’d have to go nuclear to catch Stalin but I wouldn’t put it past you.
    Posted By Jeff Old Bridge, NJ: September 7, 2007 12:14 pm
    I would like to state that this is unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, and obscene. Not to mention disgusting, horrible, un-American and completely moronic. I hope you post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, web cast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying information via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity this sort of rubbish from sickos like Rodney From Texas and Jeff from Old Bridge, NJ. Apparently you find these sorts of statements not worthy of keeping off your website.
    Ed Gruberman

    Right on Ed Gruberman, Go Ed; you tell em! So agreeable!
    Freedom of speech; Question: This is a question for networks brightest! What separates the up right two legged animal from the four legged animal? The answer is contained within this post.

    What rules may I have not followed according too CNN comment policies? Someone inside CNN studios and/or on staff is continuously deleting comments and denying a mountain of free citizen their constitutional rights.

    What’s up?

    September 7, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Nate Frieswyk, Bel Air MD

    what ever happened to dueling with someone who offended you so blatantly as this man does? im pretty sure my grandma could take him out if that were the case...

    September 7, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. Dan, Mountain View, CA

    It's normal to say some bad words when we are under great pressure. It's just a matter of media who always looking for mistakes (even small mistakes) especially when they are against the President.

    Don't you all understand that when you blame his for these bad words, you are all already hypocrites? You blame him as a hypocrite without looking at yourself that you are also a hypocrite? Do you think the Dems are no hypocrites? No one is perfect in this world, remember that.

    September 7, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Steve Sumter, SC

    Chicago Matt, in one sense you are correct. President Bush was in office during 9-11 for only 8 months . I do find it a little strange that you fail to mention who was in office the previous 8 years. Both adminstrations made mistakes.
    Greenville Austin, you have made my point for successful attacks! Strong leadership and PRAYER had much to do with that. The terrorists will not stop trying to get to us. That is what they live for!
    Texas Paul, My Savior did not stop planes from flying into the towers. I will tell you why. We were created by God with the ability for choice. Whether good or bad, right or wrong, rightous or evil, we make choices. We will also face the consequences for those choices. Atta and his crew made the choice! So-called Savior? Wrong answer! A boob? Hardly! A man who loves his country and spent 26 years of his life in the US Air Force and most importantly .. a Christian ..that is who I am! I don't always agree with the President but I pray for him and not call names! I am disappointed with all the name calling! That is my point!

    September 7, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. LM, Ardmore, OK

    Does the phrase "reconciliation is taking place" refer to George W. Bushes conversion to Islam? That is the only reconciliation possible in the view of OBL. Otherwise it is simply another example of meaningless Bush malapropisms.

    September 7, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Ron Nebraska

    Uh so Steven, while we're praying to our God to give us strength to kill enough of them to make them leave us alone and they are praying to their God to give them strength to kill enough of us to accomplish their goals, whose God gives the best response?

    September 7, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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