September 14th, 2007
06:30 PM ET
15 years ago

What's next for Iraq?

Did President Bush shift the terms of the debate about when U.S. trooops might come home?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush's speech Thursday about the future of U.S. military operations in Iraq may have changed the debate about how much longer American troops will stay. Watch CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King report on where things stand between President Bush and Congress when it comes to Iraq.

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  1. Alan St Louis Mo

    What's next for Iraq? um the same old spin with more razzel and dazzel to keep the course.

    September 14, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. Tony, Hometown: Honolulu, HI

    STANDING BY THE PRESIDENT. Like so many other military members in the U.S., I believe in this war through and through. This war is not Political....I'm sorry if that is what most of you think. And as much as Capital Hill hates to think the war is religious it is. I'm sorry to point that out, but there is so much evidence pointing to it. The American people, have done nothing wrong, and we need to stop thinking that we did. Stand by the troops and be proud that good is triumphing over evil, because it hurts us to see that we are over here fighting this war which we all believe in here, were here, you are there back at home comfortable and safe, which is because we are here. If we retreat and go home. Which is what I would call it retreating because we cant finish something that we set out to accomplish because of a scared Democratic Country. Al Qaeda will hit the U.S. again if we retreat...I would rather be fighting this war here in Iraq and Afghanistan then at home in the U.S. where my family lives. The lives of the American people are worth more to me alive then dead. And I want FREEDOM for my children, and that is why I choose to be out here. I wish I could stay out here until I know the fight is done. Congress needs to think about it and listen to my Generals and Admirals, because they know that this war is not political....they've been here also.

    September 15, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Mac, Severn, Md

    Tony –

    THANK YOU for your service. Standing by you and your mission all the way! We need get out of your way and let you succeed.

    September 15, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. alan St Louis Mo

    Tony, Hometown: Honolulu, HI
    I disagree. And I am also in the military and in Iraq on a 15month tour.

    First of all i bet you think osama and sadam were buddies. and sadam was behind 9/11.

    Second. Al Qaeda just like or government need supporters. Our present in Iraq has made Al Qaeda even stronger then ever. Why becuse Islam view us as a western christian empire stomping all over there holy land.

    Third. If we pull out of Iraq Al Qaeda will lose supporters all thou they will make false internet web sites saying they won.Why 99.9 percent of Islam dont want to die, they want to live there lives untill they die of natural causes like us.But if we are stomping on there holy ground they will make that sacerfice.And is why Al Qaeda is stronger then ever.

    4th It is not our decision to decide. The american people are paying the billions for the war and the billions to the families for the injuries and death of american military service men.

    5th If Al Qaeda is stronger then ever are we winning the war on terrior???

    6th The civilar war here that is taken place is going to happen no matter what we do. Can we stop katrina from hitting the united states? If we read histroy war and civil war in middle east plagued this area before history began recording. If we pull out Yes a lot of people going to die like in Vietnam when we pulled out. But how is vietnam now. They are working to become a econimy based nation which is the seed of democrary starting to take root.
    7th Do you want you grand children who arent born yet be deployed to Iraq where it still be in the same state of civil war. Military is not going to bring peace or democracy to Iraq. It can only be done by diplomicy by inserting the real seed of democracy called econmy based nation.

    8th Econimes cant not flurious to its max without being in a democracy based nation. The biggest example is the soviet Union. Another example is China that almost fell. but instead they went from hard communism to a softer communism to keep the government going. And will evently change into a democracy type nation. We cant bring peace to Iraq by military if the mass majority dont want it. When they are ready for it they will be like us and over throw thier future dictator.

    9th when we invaded Iraq Al Qaeda is now recuiting members in the United states vs fling them over there.

    finaly by pulling out of Iraq will not disgrace or label any one traitor no one here died in vain. We took out a lot of real nasty the hard core Al Qaeda but now we are fighting Iraqis. and a postive note we sent a strong message to terriost you mess with us we mess up even worse. Lets get out of Iraq and chase down the real terriost called osama and dedicate the military all the military to getting him, Instead of breacking the military on never ending deployment to a civil war.

    Like so many others in the military we want to defend our country but we are getting burned out fighting this never ending civil war.

    September 15, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |