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. Marine

    McCain's son is in Irag. Where is yours?

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

    do not watch the olympics. it only helps china if you watch.....do your part and DO NOT watch the games.....i will wait unitl london 2012.

    April 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. broadstreet buddy

    "Its a calculus, not arithmatic."

    First, I hope his math skills are better than his speaking skills. Second, his arguments might persuade some people if he could speak english!!! Why cant this guy just stick to whats on the paper, why does he have to sound like an idiot so much?

    April 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Chris

    President Bush and V.P. Cheney need to be impeached or brough up on war crime charges once they leave office. Plain and simple in my opinion. He is the worst president in the history of the U.S.A.. He's just waiting Iraq out until he leaves office and can dump it in the next president's lap. Can someone on the hill grow a set and start the impeachment process today, not tomorrow.

    April 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. That's Reality

    thanks CNN moderator

    April 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Alex H

    CP – I like your attitude and I couldn't agree more, but I fear it is their supporters who need to step back from the candidate and realize it's not about that person it's about the country and the democrats removing Bush and anyone like him from power.

    April 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. jeremy

    of course he wants the troops to stay, how else would his buddies make billions of $?????

    April 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Veterans for Obama

    My leg is in Iraq, does that count?

    April 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Richard, St. Paul, MN


    April 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. cnn rocks

    for those of you who would choose to vote mcbush over obama good luck with that,and get ready for more wars, debts and recession.

    April 10, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. D.W.; Miami, FL

    So much for the success of the Troop Surge. When is his term over?

    April 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Mike Tacoma, wa

    Look he is lsitening to his Commanders on the ground which even Obama said he would do.

    April 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Chuck in Oregon

    Real good job there Pres Bush. Leave the real tough decisions to the next president. This is truly a completely failed presidency.

    April 10, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. rdbtwthlins

    Imagine that, a president that listens to his Generals on the ground..

    April 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Richard

    – I feel so bad for General Petraeus.

    He is trying to do his job the best way he can. I think he knows this Iraq conflict is going nowhere but does not want to be forced in retirement by the bush admin the same way they forced general shinseki into retirement. What a shame.

    Im sure when he does retire he will speak out on how ignorant and arrogant the bush admin was.

    April 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Randy - Denver

    Marine, one of my son is flying planes, the other is in college still and my daiughter is working in a humane society shelter (she is a biologist) and I spent my 21 years in the Military... I salute Mr. McCain's son and his (and your) service and fully support the people of our military who are doing the best that any military can do in this situation but the facts of the matter is General Patreaus did not answer the single question we need an answer to: Under what conditions would he recommend leaving Iraq? His closest attempt to answer this was that he would "Know the Conditions when he sees them>" To me this is a terrible answer for the General in charge of an invasion to give and makes it appear that he does not know what his mission is and what conditions it would take to end this mission, that is either a failure of leadership at his level or his seniors and since he has a REAL short Chain of Command either answer is terrbile!

    April 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Carl

    Good point veteran...

    In regards to the Republican bashing, I had a chance to watch a special on a group of veterans they are in Washington right now. Nancy Pelosi refused to acknowledge their prescense, and certain anti-war protesters and members of Congress simply walked away when they were having a discussion about the negative and positive aspects of this conflict.

    I have zero (0) respect for Nancy and these people that PREACH how they are right, yet refuse to acknowledge anyone else's opinion or thought. That's called bigotry and censorship and it's awful.

    April 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Once the socialists (if they can actually win the electoral college)Obama and Clinton get in office–let them do what they believe is right. Unlike them–Bush is using input from field commanders and people in charge of achieving the current objectives. They should stay the course. If the next President believes another course is required they are free to change it and live with those results in the history books.

    You and I–sadly just end up suffering the consequences and paying the bill every time they screw up!!

    Life is good. It would be better if we could get a Libertarian into the White House!!

    April 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    It was stated in the article that "War is not a linear phenomenon," he said. "It's a calculus, not arithmetic." If that is a truism, then why do we have all the data and yet we don't understand. A calculus is not certain, and as far as it is certain it does not represnt reality.

    April 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Retired Professional w/woman for obama

    And, McCain said recently, that he could not rule out a preemptive
    strike against another country. He better say it, Bush would not
    like him and Bush is still running the show, and more than likely
    run American Government even after his retirement. The big boys
    like to please Bush. If a Republican gets in,It will continue even after Bush retires. What a mess they have made of our Country. Can it be repaired. Bushsays yes, from his front porch at the "ranch" with his feet propped up. Is the American dream gone for many. Not for
    the robbers of our Country. Well, they can always take their millions
    and live in Dubai.

    April 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Retired Professional w/woman for obama

    To "Marine" Just where is McCain's son in Iraq. In a cement
    castle or in the sky. I am SURE his father put him in a place
    where it it safe and NOT where most Soldiers fight on the
    ground everyday where it is dangerous.

    April 10, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Ian

    The majority of Americans want the troops home immediately. Taxation without representation!!!!

    Ron Paul '08

    April 10, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. elmerg

    Bush needs to retire, preferable sooner than later. Then he can escape to Paraguay where he can avoid prosecution as a torturing war criminal.

    April 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. katydid3316

    Does anybody really believe that Bush didn't FIRST tell Gen. Petraeus what to say, then followed that up with his 'approval'? Get real. Petraeus is no more in charge of making these decisions than I am.

    Eugene Oregon

    April 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. ***AMERICAN***

    April 10th, 2008 11:38 am ET

    President Barack Obama will clean that mess up.

    Just like Nixon cleaned up JFK's mess in Vietnam

    April 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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