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. lucy lu

    sorry- "is" himself...... 🙂 (typo)

    At least I admit my mistakes....unlike bush...

    March 19, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. linda

    If the surge is so successful like Mc Cain and Bush have said, why can't we see an end in sight. The Republicans are famous for spouting false circular logic. The officials in Iraq are aware of the United States fragile economy and are addicted to the never ending funds available. Why not help the U.S. to go bankrupt. If they knew we were leaving, they would have to step up thier efforts. If not, too bad, they have been given enough time and support to get their act together. Bring our men and women home and put them to work securing our borders. Stop the never ending spending and corruption.

    March 19, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Obama supporter

    Obama is correct you need to not only be ready on day one but also right on day one. Unfortunately he is neither; he wasn’t right on day one when buying his home. He hasn’t been right on day one for over 20 years picking Rev. Wright.

    What a hypocrite! I am black and I am switching to vote for Clinton–she deserves it.

    March 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. MP

    Can ANYONE please tell me why he's given tv time, press time, any time from anyone...This buffoon needs to get the hell off my radio, tv, computer...The only hope for this country is someone who will end this Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rove/Rice war and get our people home and our country mended.

    March 19, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. James CA

    What a complete moron. American allies have desperately tried to distance themselves from America because of Iraq. There is still huge world wide discontent. Iraq has opened a can of festering radical islamic beliefs which undoubtly will last for generations. The economy is falling apart. Yeah I call that a safer world. Please get rid of this babbling fool. PLEASE

    March 19, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. NCLaw441

    Neither Obama nor Clinton has pledged to remove all troops even by the END of their first terms!!! Seems to me the answer isn't as easy as some here are suggesting, if even democrat candidates won't promise to leave within 4 years.

    March 19, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. sean - socal

    by Bryan:
    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.

    Have you ever heard of civil wars. all countries go through them and yes... lots of blood will be shed. Does that mean we need to fork out 10 million every month to pay for this not to happen in Iraq. Save our money and let them kill themselves if they want

    March 19, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. CJ, Catlettsburg, Kentucky

    This administration has brought our great country to its knees. The last thing I want to see on the news is King George trying to convince us all that we are safer. Give me a break! Our borders remain open, people come and go here freely without obeying our laws, we cannot take care of our people who are in desperate need (financially, medically, economically, or natural disaster), we have lost respect throughout the world, heck our government almost allowed our ports to be controlled by UAE, and now we have McCain running around on the king's coat tail trying to convince us all that this is what we need to do! I just thank God that I am a strong-minded individual, can see through this scare tactic smoke screen, and cannot be brainwashed by this HOG WASH!

    March 19, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. mhg

    I am with Leftnut!! People wake up........we are ruining this beloved country. God Help us,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,get these idiots out of Washington quick.
    Oh my Gosh I wonder what it will be like in 10 years.
    I am taking the first spaceship to Mars.

    March 19, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. AJ, IL

    CHERYL...stop going from ticker to ticker posting the same pro-Hillary stuff. Polls are snapshots in time. Hillary is doing better in the polling of late, but not better than Obama. Once the media goes through Hillary's White House schedules, her joint tax returns, her congressional earmarks, and the Clinton donor library list, the polls will change again.

    Obama in 08!

    March 19, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. linda

    Since 911, Bush and Cheney have been spitting in the face of the American people for over seven years. Lying to us continuously and stealing and squandering our tax dollars. Sadaam Husien has never been caught and way too many of our sons and daughters have given thier LIVES, Thier LIVES to fight in a war that Bush and Cheney have set up with all of their lies. These men and women have fought for our country valiantly fulfilling their duties because thats what they are sworn to do. How can a leader stand up and face the American people knowing that HE lacks integrity and honor.

    March 19, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Anonymous

    *Yawn* Oh, I'm sorry Mr. President. Did you say something?

    March 19, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Solitaire

    Bush may WANT the war to continue, but he won't have control over that when this horse's rearend is finally out of the WH. No doubt, his people will spend the last year in power trying to erase all evidence of their illegal and immoral activites. It is my sincere hope that the pain and misery of the tens of thousands of people that Bush has killed will visit him nightly for the rest of his mortal life and that his name will live only in the mouths of the wicked until eternity erases him entirely.

    March 19, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. JRM

    Let's not forget that Bush is our employee. He works for us. It is beyond me that this man is still in office. This country was ready and willing to impeach Clinton for having an affair but people are so afraid to touch Bush, the war criminal. Why? Doesn't add up to me. This man's decisions are already paving the way for the abysmal future of America.

    March 19, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Donna in ID

    Big rah rah speach from an idiot that says war is "Romatic". How sick is that ???????. I am still waiting to see his military records and how much he missed.

    March 19, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. jeff in Alabama

    Well, I will say Bush is consistent if nothing else. Consistently making the wrong decisions! This war is draining America. It is having a direct effect on our economy. We do not have an unlimited supply of money to keep spending billions of dollars in Iraq. Bush is out of touch with everyday Americans whom are struggling to keep their homes, to feed their families and to put gas in their vehicles!

    Bush, if you feel so determined to keep the war going, then allocate your personal funds to keep it going. Everyone knows you are an oil billionaire!

    March 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. demwit

    Why does the so-called enlightened progressives want to desert poor Iraqi's fighting for their human right to self rule? Is their motto now, get there on your own or don't get there at all??

    March 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Rex Alan

    TheLeftNut: Right ON!! Spoken like a TRUE American!!!

    March 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. April

    this time next year new U.S. president = different update; I hope

    March 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. yoshi927

    We were much safer from a terrorist threat before this war rather than right now. It's a cycle as old as World War the First itself- we support dictatorships for the sake of profit of corporations, and then when the President's approval rating drops or when they're no longer convenient, we go after those same dictators for "human rights".

    The only way for this country to move forward is to realize that we are not the "good guy" by default. That's decided by your actions.

    March 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. another American

    Pink elephants can fly too when your delusional!

    March 19, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. VW, Montgomery, AL

    Was Dora the Explorer on a commercial break????

    March 19, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Jonah, San Francisco

    Wouldn't it be something if Americans could muster a fraction of the outrage expressed over Jeremiah Wright for the illegal occupation of Iraq that has resulted in 1,000,000 dead Iraqis and 4,000 dead Americans? Anyone hear about the Winter Soldier Conference where Iraq War veterans described in graphic detail the crimes and atrocities they witnessed and committed themselves, the rampant racism coming from the top down? Probably not, because CNN and the rest of the mainstream press ignored it.

    March 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Randy

    Still in denial? well, now we are paying the price!

    March 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Val

    Obama Supporter, I have only one thing to say to you, there are skeletons in all of our closets and when you find out just how many in Hillarys you might change your mind again. I am a Black Woman and my mom always told me that we can be our worst enemy now I see exactly what she means.

    March 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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