April 10th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Bush backs pause in withdrawals from Iraq

 President Bush meets with Gen. David Petraeus, left, and Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, on Thursday.

President Bush meets with Gen. David Petraeus, left, and Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - "Serious and complex challenges" remain in Iraq that will prevent further withdrawals of American troops this summer despite a reduction in violence in the past year, President Bush announced Thursday.

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  1. Mike

    Where is the 30 crates of 8 billion dollars US cash that disappeared in Iraq? How does someone steal 30 crates of cash and no one knows where it is?

    Was it to refinance the insurgency to continue the war?

    April 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. wwf

    So Mr. Bush the chickenhawk needs a rest? He can go to Iraq and send one soldier home in his stead. I have no clue how him and the rest of the republicans can keep thumping their chests that they are right. I would like every one of them to send their children to Iraq in exchange for the ones that are their. Seems to me that if royalty from England can then so can our fortunate sons. One other thing puzzles me. How can everything going on be in the interest of national security? Oh. I forgot. Get the Columbia deal done or we will weaken our national security even more and maybe even be attacked again. Boy the sucking sound from down south keeps going further and further south.

    April 10, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Wes

    This is news?

    April 10, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. honkey white guy from cali

    well of course he does duh!!!!! he wants to continue with his failed policy till the American people are finished dumping there saving into his and Dick's accounts. I can not understand how they are still in office and not in jail they have broken more laws and both federal and international than any one in us history.

    Go Obama 08

    April 10, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. history repeats

    bush doesnt want to withdraw the troops?! thats a shocker

    April 10, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Kim Bush

    This is news?

    Bush wanting to keep toops in Iraq is about newsbreaking as the color of his hair. It's a constant – it doesn't change!

    April 10, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |

    The President is right!

    April 10, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. proud army and navy mom

    lame duck

    April 10, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Bush lied again today about the cost of the war.
    Since Bush did not raise taxes to pay for the war, we borrowed the money, we will be paying INTERESTon BUSH'S war monies for decades.
    Bush hock our country to foreigners for decdades.
    Republicans love to spend money the country doesnot have, borrow and spend, then when Democrats are power, they have to tax to pay off the huge debt the Republicans ran up, then the Republicans decry the tax and spend Democrats.

    April 10, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. pretzelONEgeorgebushZERO

    How much longer until these morons are kicked to the curb?? Please update me, someone.

    April 10, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Serious and Complex Challanges Yes it is. I will trust the new
    President to consult with important Military and get our troops
    home. I read the Iraqis have Billions in the bank. They better use
    their own money to pull them out of the mess. Our country have become completly bankrupt..........and continuing by the Day.China owns us. That is why Bush and Cheney want to do away with all of the "entitlements".They blame "the entitlements" for breaking our country even though we pay into them. They need to spend money on Americans and Troop care, (whatever they need), including Medical. McCain VOTED AGAINST College Benefits for the troops.The troops were always promised that until this Admin. Well, I guess they will be out of a job when they get home and no help from this Government.....,The troops and the American
    people become dirt poor and the Big Wigs,(Cheney) walk away
    from this war Millionaires. Haliburton was reason enough for
    Cheney to want war. Again, this administration has bankrupt our

    April 10, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    Of course he backs the "pause", he hasn't bombed IRAN yet and he does need something to go down as his claim to fame.

    April 10, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Howard Hewlett Des Moines IA

    What a shock!! Bush supports a plan created by his hand picked soldier boy. The only reason why Petraeus is even there is because he is a "yes man." All the other generals who ever disagreed with Bush were chased out.

    286 more days my friends before the worst president ever is gone!!!

    April 10, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Doug, Florida

    Bush, I see you are coming around. Now go BOMB Iran.
    Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran

    April 10, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. NickNas

    OK ok how many people think that they NEVER talked about the report BEFORE it was given and all of this " Unity" was not just Staged??

    Bush hasn't listened to ANYONE about ANYTHING let alone taken advice from anyone.

    Secretary of defense Colin Powel told him not to go in in the first place. " you break it you own it Mr. President" LOL what a Joke. Another 45 day delay to help run out the clock till Bush can slink off into history and blame the outcome on the next president.

    April 10, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Ken

    I guess the people dumb enough to have voted for Bush will be the same ones who believe he is taking advice from Petraeus instead of Petraeus taking the lead from Bush. Anybody who believes that Petraeus' congressional testimony wasn't fully vetted with the white house first is nuts.

    America better raise its voting IQ ahead of the next election, or its going to be some very hard times for America!

    April 10, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. ltd1974

    Can't wait until Bush out of Office and Obama take office

    April 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Ken in Dallas

    The meat of this speech was the most overt threat yet made against Iran.

    April 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Jack Tracey

    And that's a surprise to WHO??

    Obama 2008 - Yes, WE CAN!!!

    April 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Slowpoke

    Pause in troop withdrawals? – was there a withdrawal in the first place?

    April 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Michael

    No dugh he wants to kill as many people as he can so that he can finish the job his father finished!!!

    April 10, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Brenda Elizabeth Waters

    Surge – pause – surge – pause .....................the mind boggles of what on earth is really happening. I feel sorry that General Petreus is caught up in the Bush Administration's 'America's greatest foreign policy blunder ever" –

    April 10, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The Liberation, the 4000 troop investment, the Surge, the Pause, the Endless War– for what, for whom?

    April 10, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Since Bush avoided serving in Vietnam due to family connections, and Cheney got FIVE deferments when it was VERY difficult for your average Joe to get even one, neither have any idea of the horrors of war and thus can casually and arrogantly send tens of thousands of our brave troops into a war of choice and aggression and empire building they launched under a broad cloak of deceipt.

    April 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. candical

    Iraq is the new Viet Nam and Iran will be the new Cambodia. Get ready for a new draft after McCain bomb..bomb..bombs Iran.

    April 10, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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