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. Matt

    Who is the guy.......I would like to let the rest of the world know that we the people of America dont all think like this.

    March 19, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. John Doe

    Brian from Chicago, obviously you don't have any family members fighting this senseless war in Iraq, because your an idiot. We should have never gone there in the first place.

    March 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. IndyCindy

    What an idiot. All his foreign policy is doing is to create more terrorists and ill feelings of our nation. His opinion does not reflect that of "We the People."

    Bring the troops home....Ron Paul for '08!

    March 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. William


    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!"

    Feeling a little lonely now? How does it feel to be in the minority?

    March 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Greg

    Bush hasn't been right for years, He has truely let the american people down. He is a sellout. Him and the rest of his little untouchable group. How much does he profit from this war? I think he is a billionaire now.

    March 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Dwight D. Eisenhower

    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.

    March 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |

    Bush is dillusional. He can't help the fact that he has the IQ of a possum which doesn't have enough sense to get out of the road when he sees a mach truck coming right at him.

    March 19, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Greg

    Register Independent. No more Republicans. No more Democrats. No more BS.

    March 19, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Concerned Voter

    Does bush seriously believe in his mind that Americans are better off for having invaded Iraq? I question his integrity, and since we cannot impeach him, I wouldn't rule out the possibility for his trial at an international war crimes tribunal.

    March 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. BVS Maine

    WAR MONGER!!! It's time for Bush to pack his bag and head over to Iraq to fight his own war. No more innocent lives should be lost!

    March 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. KMAN

    How does GWB breathe with his head so firmly wedged up his @ss? Let's not trade senility for stupidity in 2008 ... say no the McCain!!

    March 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. deb in az

    president bush is truely out of touch with the american people........why would terrorists remain in a country with american troops? he gets sadam out of the picture so that he and his cronies have all the access to the oil rights in that country.............iraqs freedom what a joke.......the bigger the lie the more believeable..........who in their right mind voted for this war monger president..............this president and his vp are insane.............i dont know why mccain is buying into this bs.........i guess hes out of touch with america as well...............maybe we should all take a vote on the war in iraq in the general election...........send a message to washington.............

    March 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Spirit of America

    A war without end destroys a viable economy and moral order. Always has, always will. It's not the war that must go on, it is the Bush regmine that must go. Yesterday would not be soon enough.

    March 19, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Len

    The worst President of the United States elected to 2 terms by scared,uninformed Americans!!

    March 19, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Bob Stephens

    McCain/Bush are like clones of each other. Both are not very bright and delusional. It will be a pleasure to have someone in the Whitehouse next year that has an IQ higher than their resting pulse rate.

    March 19, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Bill

    We now have a president who doesn't have a clue, let's not elect another one. The next debate should put all the candidates in seperate rooms and without notes, so they can not hear each others answers. Then McCain and Obama can openly reveal their ignorance of the issues, without someone there to correct them. Vote for McCain get 4 more years of Bush, Vote for Obama and have Wright mentoring the White House.

    March 19, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Tom, IL

    The only reason Bush wants the war to go on is to protect his legacy until he leaves office. As that happens, he can once again say "Absolutely, we're winning"


    No, he later corrected himself. "We're not winning; we're not losing."

    And wipe his hands of his murderous war.

    March 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Grif

    Still, Iraq is surrounded, by even more dangerous. Leaders.... But' who are they??

    Not as easy to find as Saddam was...

    March 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Greg

    Is it just me, or does every bodys blood pressure go up when you hear Bush speak.

    March 19, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Tom

    The war is obviously over oil – look how much the price has come down since the war began!

    McCain is the best chance for the war to end in an acceptable, honorable way without relinquishing our security. I want our troops out of Iraq too, but we must be smart about this, not emotional.

    March 19, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Val

    I am laughing my so hard , I can't stop, I keep thinking is this what we call EXPERIENCE, if so Please for GOD sake give me someone with no experience, I rather take my chances. lol.


    March 19, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Freida NYC

    "five years later!" Wow Bush you really look old.

    Hillary all the way

    March 19, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |


    VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    March 19, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Donovan

    This just goes to show you just how delusional Bush and the ENTIRE GOP is and has been the past eight years. This statement, along with McCain's gaffe on Iran just shows us more and more that the wars were started illegally – based not upon facts, but on rhetoric. The GOP wants to keep us in "Perpetual war for perpetual peace." 1984 anyone? Eurasia? Who is our war with? This is SCARY people! It's like the GOP read 1984 and thought that government was the GREATEST IDEA EVER! We need to oust these delusional madmen NOW! IMPEACH, TRY, AND PROSECUTE BUSH, CHENEY, and ALL INVOLVED!

    March 19, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. lucy lu

    The only person Bush cares about his himself

    Cheny is just plain EVIL.

    March 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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