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. Mike


    It's our money, man. Stop playing God with our tax dollars. I refuse to let my tax money go towards killing middle eastern people half way around the globe. This is absolute insanity.

    March 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. DEM, Texas

    President Bush,

    This man writes check that Ameica can not afford, write policies that favors his life long friends.

    His has allow his friend to abtain more no bid contract in the Billions than any other President in our History.

    Thank you Mr. President for Bankrupting America.

    March 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Ed G

    The mission is to:

    1. Capture the WMD. (none there)

    2. Revenge 9-11 (oops, they weren't there either)

    3. Overthrow Saddam (mission accomplished)

    4. Establish democracy (done)

    5. Succeed (what does that mean???)

    March 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Gigi

    McCain's gaff shows he's too old for the responsibilities of being President. That's the kind of mistake the elderly make when they don't have enough stamina and are suffering from fatigue. We don't need a bumbling President. If blood is going to be shed, better theirs than that of our sons and daughters. We are sick of rich men and their stupid wars and their costs to American lives.

    March 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. CB

    Hey "W", what happened to the WMD's that fueled the premise of this war? Five years, trillions of dollars, economy in dire straits, military casualities up in the thousands and nothing to show for it. I wonder how many Iraqi's think life is such a parade with Saddam gone? The dollar losses value everyday around the world and our national image does too. American blood is the most expensive currency on the planet and you continue to spend it unwisely. Crawford is calling and America will be glad you are no longer at the helm.

    March 19, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Dave

    war mongering fool! I'm so mad that I am GOP and see my party hijacked by these neo-con globalists. this is a clear path that has been going on with his father then Clinton and now this guy. and the next POTUS will be no better. all are globalists and march to the drums of the corporate/banking elites.

    March 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Charles (California USA)

    This is hardly even news, because he will just repeat his self and it is fully predictable what he will say.

    Repeating the same thing over and over and hoping that by doing so the public will start to think his viewpoint is a truth.

    Congress should have enacted a gag order.

    March 19, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. The Austrian

    As long as we have statist/Keynesian minded politicians in Washington (and with the three front-runners, it looks like this will continue) we can expect this war and more like it to contiune. Yes, you all are mad at Bush, especially in the Obama crowd, but you are fooling yourselves if you think anything different is going to happen.

    March 19, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Glenn Bakersville, NC.

    I'd gladly fund a week long hunting trip for him and Cheney in TX, hell I'd even buy the ammo for Cheny at this point. I now understand the second part of the famous Thomas Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

    March 19, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Never McCain

    Man look at that pic. He looks brow beaten.

    March 19, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Larry Buchas

    Hey Cheryl and other Hillary supporters, the choice is simple:

    Hillary Clinton is nothing more than a victim.

    Barack Obama is a proven leader.

    March 19, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Wisconsin

    Bush is a true terrorist! Every time he talks to us and tries to push his points he uses fear. Think about it, what is the last thing he pushed for where he didn't use threats like they will follow us home, they will take over, etc...

    March 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Wisconsin


    McWar I mean Mccane: 100 years of war.

    Billary: Voted FOR the war.

    Obama: The ONLY one that has been against the war since "day one"!

    March 19, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Mo Uddin

    He would say to continue the war because he is the one who started for no reason. If he accepts his mistakes then he will be sued once he leaves office for lying to American people. He started this war on lies and distortion for personal reasons.

    March 19, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Tim T.

    During 'Nam it was "Waist deep in the big muddy, and the Big Fool says
    push on." Now with W in Iraq it's "Waist deep in the sand, and the Little
    Fool says push on." Those that don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it, and thus cause untold suffering to others. Impeach Bush and Cheney!

    March 19, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |

    And we wonder why America is hated around the world? Stop meddling in other country's affairs!!

    March 19, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Kenneth

    Bush's war does NOT have to go on. He is too stupid to realize that once he is out of office he has no control over it.

    March 19, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Allen

    I see screaming cherly is in the house.... Wanting to trade one crook for another.... Give the caps a break billary supporters we see your highly misguided remarks.... gesh!!!!

    March 19, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. kevin

    Well of course the show must go on! This is a war that was waged on misinformation,wether intentionally or not we will never know for sure.The arrogance of a president that will justify a war that was waged for all the wrong reasons ,is ubforgivivable.He will play on the emotions of the families whose children and loved ones have given thier lives valiently,for the sheer purpose of his own pride.Because of this arrogance he cannot find a way to say that he put American lives at risk without any reason but what appears to be personal gain. He took advantage of those who would go to the ends of the earth and bravely give thier lives for the country they love so dearly.While they did not die in vain because of the love and dedication for thier country.And while they may have fallen on a battlefield not of thier choosing,we will alway's hold in esteem thier bravery.It is truly unfortunate that this case of ignorance by this adminstration, will never be tried anywhere but in the course or public oppinion.For brave men and women layed down thier lives for thier country,Wether right or in this case wrong.We will think of them when history recalls. Not the selfish monarch for love of his own legacy,who would not yield to reason niether for the love of God ,or his fellow country men.Would that he were to fight his own ignorance on a battlefield ,than for any more brave americans.But pride and arrognce knows no limit and see'e not the light of the dawning of reason.May God have mercy on us all!

    March 19, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. SGP

    Impeach this moron before it is too late.

    March 19, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Slap Stick, Florida

    And he is the same alleged President who refuse to feel that he owes the American people an apology for driving this country in the hole. He is also in denial of his declining mental status.

    March 19, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Ram

    President Bush is probably the greatest President in American History & his administration is the best. Help me God.

    March 19, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. bond

    Whatever Bush says, do the complete opposite.

    March 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Dennis

    RealityKing, only 4,000 died? You make it sound so insignificant. Furthermore, that figure completely ignores the number of Iraqis killed. It also ignores the amount of money and support the United States must continue to dump into Iraq to support this war/occupation. How many more trillions are we going to spend? How much more debt are we going to rack up? How long must we remain in Iraq to make sure it is secure? Can we ever make it secure?

    March 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Terry

    This man should be convicted of war crimes. I can live with my commander and chief sending me off to war to defend the rights of Americans what I can't live with is how he treats my fellow veterans when we return. He should be in a prison this very moment making new friends, my partnership with you sir has ended.

    March 19, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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