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. Keeping It Real


    March 19, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Zoraida from Michigan

    He needs to continue the war because is making CHeney and him rich!!!

    March 19, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Al Qeada

    Retreat! Retreat!!

    March 19, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. PA

    The war is costing America its future. An average family of four is paying $19,000 for this war soon. As a member of a family of five who does not have enough money to pay for heating oil that is now at $3.65 a gallon. In addition, our schools, brigdes and road are falling apart and the death toll in Africa both from violence and AIDS is on the rise.

    We are in a mess and this war is part of the series of bad judgements from Bush!

    March 19, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    Bush is at it again with his vicious lies and cowboy mentality! After the mess Bush and his neocon idiots have made of this country he doesn't have the right to say anything. I can't wait till he crawls back to Crawford where he belongs.
    It will be a cold day in hell before I vote for another Republican!

    March 19, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. Sam

    I find it interesting that there are only 2 (now 3) comments regading this story but over 200 for the McCain gaffe. GW has truly become irrelevant.

    March 19, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Brian

    USA can conquer the world. Torture anyone who disagrees!

    March 19, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |

    this shows you how ignorant Mccain is. how can we elect a person who does not know and understand the fundamental difference between the sunnis and shiites. Its just an unfortunate that ,that crazy president of Iran would walk with tthis to make his case about how ignorant our leaders are and the reasons for instabilities in the middleeast.

    March 19, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. John

    Since his daughters aren't in Iraq, he doesn't care how many get killed in a war that never should been started.He knows the war is
    wrong, but HE DOESN"T CARE.

    March 19, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. NIC

    Can anyone say 'BIRD BRAIN'! Believe it or not, there are people that not only voted for his guy, but voted for him twice! Insult on top of injury if you ask me. Now these same people are going to vote again next year. That's what frightens me!

    NO to McCain.

    March 19, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. Tim

    Complete incompetence. G.W. needs to be sent to the Hague.

    March 19, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  12. Bob Sam

    Bush won't stop this war until every penny is squeezed out of the american citizen and into Cheney's pockets.

    March 19, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. Brian from Chicago


    He needs to continue the war because as a world leader the United States can't leave Iraq high and dry. It is the right thing to do. All you people who want to "bring the troops home now" don't realize what kind of bloodshed would be caused.

    It's ironic how the left think that conservitives are heartless. Go hug a tree and only be concered with our little island libs!

    March 19, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. Norm

    Lets see their kids over there, The war will stop in a heartbeat! Let them kill themselves not our families!

    March 19, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Disgust is all I feel any more whenever I see or hear from President Bush.

    People say history will judge him...well, it ain't gonna be pretty!

    Truely a good "bad example" of how NOT to lead a country.

    March 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. wolf

    who wants to listen to this guy anymore. He is like a mad cow. Tell him to send his dautgher and his causins. We have lost 4000 troops and countless of iraqi civilians. Say no to this idiot.

    March 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. Chapel Hill NC

    Does anyone even listen to what Bush has to say about anything these days? He can't even form a complete sentence. And, we've got Cheney over in the Middle East, still spewing his delusions that Saddam and bin Laden were buddies – contradicting his own DOD. These two should be in orange jump suits.

    March 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. Saad

    Of course it should Mr. President! Now that we are in it, we cannot leave r else it will be more catastrophe. But should we be in this situation today of even contemplating whether it should go on or not? Will you, Dick and Rumsfeld will ever have a clean conscious of the wrong doings and misleadings?

    But I don't know if you three even know. I know that you know the some knowns, but there are so many unknowns, and then there are unknowns that are known and knowns that are unknowns about you even realizing the damage Iraq war has done to our country and to the world peace.

    What is that evil Rumsfeld up to these days?

    March 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Bliss

    what determines a "win"? when all of our troops have died? come on now bush, get our troops the heck out of the middle east!!

    March 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. Ralph

    Of course it does, his daughters aren't in it. He doesn't care how many
    of our troops get killed, and he never will. The war never should have been.

    March 19, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. JarryHames

    Ok, if we're stupid enough to elect McCain a.k.a. WBush 2.0. We deserve everything that we will get with continuing this bleeding war. I also know that we as Americans are not the smartest people. We will be stupid enough to carry on this war with Insane McCain! People, let's stop running with the pack and really see what's going on here. The change starts in Washington and must be a major change. This old Washington BS is no longer working. We know that insanity is doing the same thing, expecting different results.

    Obama or Clinton 08!

    March 19, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Stephanie, PA

    "The answers are clear to me"? It's become blatently apparent that NOTHING is clear to this president or his administration.

    March 19, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. heidi

    He needs to shut his mouth sorry I don't as a rule talk like this.This man along with his friends have RUINED america just look at the financial mess he has put us in.He is so out of the real world I just wish he woud go now sooner than later beefor the whole mess gets worse.

    March 19, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Flat-earther, Georgia

    The profiteers are the 28% who want the war to continue. They are doing well at the public feed trough.

    March 19, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. John, Albany, New York

    This, like the first war in iraq is only about one thing "OIL". Bush and Cheney do not, have not, and never will care about "freeing" the iraqi people. Its a good cover story and makes the ego of misinformed americans think thats what this war is all about . Since when does a more powerful country like the US care about the people in other countries? All the US cares about is exploiting the natural resources and cheap labor of lesser countries. Thats what caused the US to begin to exploit China.

    March 19, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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