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.

Related Video: Ed Henry reports on President Bush's Iraq war remarks

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  1. Phil in KC

    The man is clueless. Totally clueless.

    March 19, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Terry

    What else is he going to say, the war was a mistake and I'm sorry for all the lost lives, injuries, money, relationships and prestige. Oh by the way, I am happy for me, Dick and the rest of the gang.

    March 19, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. sharon

    This man has no conscience, and no feelings except for the rich. To say the surge is working is just ludicrous. Enough is enough, all we are doing is pouring money into Iraqie leaders that care less about their country. Come on, Bush, it is about the oil!!!!! And you need to take full responsibility for this mess we are in.... Do you really believe that the Americans are believing anything you say? You have lost your credibility with us just as you have lost America's credibility in the world. I hope that other countries do not think all Americans think like you do.

    March 19, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Henry

    This guy must really be crazy, a war launched on the base of the biggest political lie ever made, WMD which never existed in this country, Bush wanted just a revenge after the war his dad had lost in 1991.
    And now, despite the billions of dollars and almost the trillions to be spent, we need to continue this dumb war ??? Whouuuuu, this is a guy who lives in another planet, Gosh... !!!!

    March 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Jed in Texas

    Just start the Draft.After the election of course.

    March 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. RealityKing

    A war in which only 4000 volunteer troopers died to free 26 million people from tryany. Another first for the history books..

    March 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Rex Alan

    That's it Shrub. Milk it for all it's worth.

    March 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Bush proves once again that he's never been in touch with reality. His hallucinogenic view of Iraq and the US has taken trillions of dollars out of the US economy. The Republicans have saddled us with a $10 trillion deficit, increased the national budget from $2 trillion in '02 to more than $3 trillion in '08, and sent our economy into the toilet. Of course this boondoggle is hurting the economy, but nowhere as much as the Republicans have with their cronyism, corruption, record number of earmarks, spending spree and ineptitude. It's time for them to go.

    March 19, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. S. Colbert from Chicago

    He needs to continue his war on the English language. "Why can't I learn-ificate these words!!"

    March 19, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Filipe da Silva

    After putting up the Wright story in big words and pictures for 5 days on this site, CNN has already managed a way to almost erase the important and unifying speech that Obama gave yesterday...

    Shamless behaviour.

    March 19, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Edwin Portland

    What a retard. Biggest mistake in American History = the courts electing this President.

    March 19, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Tom, Iowa

    I hate people who can't admit their mistakes. On a road trip, Bush would rather drive around the world than to admit he missed his turn. We're going to paying for this for a long time.

    The sad part: Imagine what we could be doing with all the money.

    306 days until our next exit!

    March 19, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. David, Ventura CA

    the monkey speaks and says the war must go on lol delusional till the end huh bush.

    March 19, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. CHERYL




    SHE GETS MY VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. JOLO

    The show must go on as they say..
    Just as long as its not the Presidents children, the children of congress or the legions of contractors getting killed and injured.

    If we only had went into Cuba, China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Russia, and Iran with the same gusto and "sacrafice"
    Maybe our way of life and liberty as we keep hearing every day for the last five years would not only be preserved but spread to all these countries.

    Clearly these countries especially China with its poisonous toys, dog food, and other cheaply made products pose a more immiment threat to the American way of life.

    And maybe I could even be able to travel freely to Cuba and enjoy a Cohiba cigar.

    March 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Fred

    Look around do you see anything that this war has been good for you. Do you feel free. This country is going broke and so are we. You have no idea what this is costing us in the future. How could americans put such a idiot in office. This man has faild in everything he touches. This country has the worst presedent ever. And those of you that voted for him needs to live with that. We need to hold him and Cheney accountable . Put them in prison for deciveing this country.

    March 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Can someone please tell me what there is to win in Iraq?

    McCain said we should have stayed in Vietnam until we won. Won what? I'm afraid he may be trying to redo the Vietnam war vicariously through Iraq. Iraq for 100 years, invade Iran and then pick up again in Vietnam so we can "win". Can that man get along with anyone?

    March 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Franky, New York, NY

    George W. Bush has re-defined the term "ignorant"

    March 19, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. Glenn

    Blame Hillary and McCain along with Bush for this disaster. Support our troops for ending the war and bringing them home.

    Obama 08

    March 19, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. david

    I bet none of those 4,000 dead were relatives of his. And I bet he and Cheney have made millions of personal dollars on this war. AND I bet if he believes in God like he has made a political platform of saying, he's got a lot things to answer at the pearly gates.

    March 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Chris

    We need to end the war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Larry Buchas

    That's easy for him to say. Meet a real coward, every one.

    What happened to "bring 'em on?" And Yes, Zoraida from Michigan. It has always been about oil. "Shock and stupid awe" was about oil. This cabinet has always been about oil.

    The leadership of this was hijacked, plain and simple. He talks of executive privilege. This imposter was born privileged.

    Just remember, a vote for McCain is another vote for Bush. Bush is a national disgrace!

    March 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. Middleman, NJ

    "This is a fight America can and must win"

    George we won it. Then you declared to a crowded room that you'll fight all comers indefinitely, "bring it on" I believe was the diplomatic terminology you used.

    We won the fight to prove there were no WMD's.
    We won the fight to remove Saddam Hussein.
    We won the fight to have the Iraqi's establish an elective government.

    The only fight we are losing is the one with common sense. We could have gone home victorious if we'd just managed the exit strategy better. We can pour troops and money into Iraq for the next 20 years, and it will still not be completely stable. But now that artificial goal of stability is our benchmark for "winning".

    Nicely played, George.

    March 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Jeff - Jax, FL

    Then when he leaves office, the first thing that should happen is that he be put on a plane, given an M-16 and put on the front lines.

    March 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Jamie Rodriquez Lexington, Oklahoma

    The "Iraq War" is an invasion and occupation based on a conspiracy of lies. The Republicans have supported this from the beginning and continue to do so, contributing to our enemies' goal of bankrupting the US financially, not to mention the cost of American principles and standing in the world. The worst is the cost in blood and ruined lives. Why? So Bush could hang one man by proxy, enrich his cronies, and fulfill the neocon view of the world as American empire. Impeaching Cheney and Bush would be a step in returning to a government by the people and for the people.

    March 19, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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