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. That's Reality

    I'm glad President Bush doesn't make policy based on polls because the polls indicate too many people don't understand the seriousness of the battle in Iraq and the importance of staying there indefinitely, if necessary. Six and a half years of no terrorist attacks on the homeland has put many in a state of denial. If all the people who say our troops are over-stressed would enlist, that would help.

    Could you post this one CNN?

    April 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. mep

    Anyone surprised? I guess we're still making enemies faster than we can kill them...This war doesn't even begin to end till January – and that's only if a Democrat gets in.

    April 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. fred

    Bush is an Idiot...just like Obama...

    Bush and Obama....two peas in a pod!!

    April 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Manfred

    There are "serious and complex challenges" everywhere in the world, including the U.S. This is a ridiculous justification for maintaining troop levels where they are in Iraq. Can't this President do any better?

    April 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Chris A.

    How could we possibly care so much about Iraq and Iraq's freedom with the issues and troubles we have going on in our own nation. How can the conclusion be drawn that continued occupation of Iraq keeps our soil safer? It seems to me the serious and complex challenges are mounting right here in the U.S.

    April 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Al, NY NY

    "......but everything is going REAL well. Victory is near!" What a crock. Since few or no of the recent benchmarks (which I believe Duh and his crew) put in place have been met, what is the strategy for ending this? When is the Iraqi govt gonna step up and provide some results? They obviously are in no hurry since we continue to spend billions (while likely lining the pockets of some) and get our people killed. The back-up we're supposed to be providing is still getting our troops killed. If everything is supposedly going well at least militarily, we should be able to bring more than the measely few W is targeting

    April 10, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Willam from Texas

    Bush is leaving the war problem to the next president to fix. I hope it is not McCain.

    Hillary 08

    April 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. tom

    maybe his little girls need a tour of duty

    April 10, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. E.C.Rossi

    It's no over yet

    April 10, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Randy - Denver

    WOW am I surprised resident bush's parrot.. err general says just what he is expected to say and the current resident agrees with him now THIS is news! I watched CSPAN alot this week and I noticed the one question NEVER answered by this parrot and his buddy was the one we all want answered.. what does victory lkook like? What conditions will be needed to withdraw troops.. the closest to an answer we got was when general parrot said "I will know the conditions when I see them" What a waste! A recent survey of the military showed for the first time the majority of the military were NOT planning on voting for a Republican this time, another survey showed the majority of the NCOs and Junior Officers (the people REALLY on the ground) stated that staying in Iraq was a mistake and that conditions for them are steadily worsening. But I guess we only listen to those who repeat what they are told to repeat!

    April 10, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. CP

    Note to Hillary and Obama – unless you want four more years of Republican rule and the war to go on forever, get in a room together and sort this out. Flip a coin, do 'rock, paper', scissors', whatever.

    It's time to check your egos at the door, put the country first, and get it done.

    April 10, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. accepting all views

    they will probably attack Iran but only after spying on you and taking more of your rights

    April 10, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. IAMWMD

    Dubya gets dumber by the minute if it's possible.

    April 10, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. brandon

    The Chicken Hawk has spoken

    April 10, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. NO Hill-LIE-ary


    DO NOT WATCH THE OLYMPICS!!!!!!!! IT ONLY HELPS CHINA IF YOU WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Jed in Texas

    Korea part two.We broke it and will be there forever now.

    April 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Ryan Whitten

    I wonder if this coward in chief feels like he's hard between these two. I still can't believe America fell for this guppy.

    April 10, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Scott, NY NY

    Bush: "There are serious and complex challenges in Iraq and I have no intention of offering any solutions, I intend to leave this mess for the next poor sap."

    April 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Jonelle4Obama

    Can we please just end this war so the economy can get back to normal! Bring our troops home!!

    April 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Dave

    why, of course. we get to continue to do the Iraqis work for them. brilliant Mr. President.

    April 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Dave

    Chris Banner- yes we can have a worse one- the next one.

    April 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |

    Pres. Bush needs to ask NATO and the UN for support now.

    There is no easy way to succeed in Iraq. We need a multi nation coalition.

    Our troops cannot shoulder the burden on their own.

    Obama 2008

    April 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Alonzo Demetrius

    Dear Chris Banner, Yes, we certainly can have a "worse president" than George Bush. It could be the racist Obama or the feminist Clinton.

    April 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. maynard


    April 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Veterans for Obama


    No branch will take those two.

    April 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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