March 19th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Five years later, Bush to say Iraq war must go on

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" President Bush tours the Blount Island Marine Terminal on Tuesday in Jacksonville, Florida."](CNN) - President Bush will mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war on Wednesday by calling the debate over the conflict "understandable" but insisting that a continued U.S. presence there is crucial.

"The answers are clear to me," Bush will say, according to excerpts of his speech to be delivered at the Pentagon on Wednesday, the day the war began in 2003.

"Removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision, and this is a fight America can and must win."

Almost 4,000 American troops have died in the war, a painful toll that Bush will acknowledge.

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  1. Scott, Wichita

    a couple of responses:

    To the people talking about Bush sending his daughters over, and how the war would end immediately:

    I seem to remember a certain Prince from Britain being in Afghanistan a few weeks ago, and being in combat. Last I checked, Britain still had a military prescence there, so that idea has very little merit.

    To TheLeftNut, about supporting the US Constitution:

    Does that mean that if Hillary or Obama (whichever ends up to be the Democratic nominee) wins the election in November, that you'll accept McCain as the Vice-President? That's in the constituion too, as originally written. (look it up, the runner-up was supposed to take the office of VP up until the 12th amendment, a policy I wholeheartedly support)
    Personally, I'd love to see members of both major political parties holding those positions, because it might mean that we might have more widely-supported actions, and none of this partisan nonsense

    March 19, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. James

    We will miss you Mr President. Many awful things has happened in the last eight years to our country and I know you have done your best in righting the wrongs. History will judge your time in office. Liberal hatred will not. I and many americans have respect and appreciating for your time in office. Enjoy life outside the white-house and thank you for all you've done. Take good care of youself and thank you again.

    March 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Jerry

    Bush's head whistles in a crosswind. Failed foriegn and economic policies are all this administration is capable of. Somebody show this cloud ranger from Crawford the door.............................

    March 19, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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