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

Bush backs pause in withdrawals from Iraq

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/10/bush.speech/art.wh.pic.jpg caption=" 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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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Bush will control the government while retired, sitting on his
    porch at the Ranch. All of these Republicans that have run
    for office are Bush pleasers now and after his time has taken
    its toll on us.

    April 10, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Mark TX

    How can a Democrat say they will vote for Mc Bush if their candidate does not get the nomination? Folks there are bigger issues that face this country than having your or my candidate win the nomination. Let's stop the infighting and make sure we don't continue with Bush's policies for 4 more years.
    I love my country more than I love my preferred candidate.

    April 10, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Amit, NY, NY


    April 10, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Brad

    Hmmm, if we are staying in that dump, cutting down deployment times, aren't we going to experience more of a shortage of people? Let's reconsider a draft, I think that would wake a few people up.

    April 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. carolflowery

    Do you really think Abe Lincoln was popular when the civil war
    took 600,000 lives, do you really believe all the democrat Presidents that went on with Viet Nam were proud of the 50,000 lost, nobody is proud of war or death, but we better not get too comfortable, it could get worse

    April 10, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Political Platypus

    Pull out early. Save your dough for your financial crisis.

    April 10, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Kristy

    One word: So?

    April 10, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Jedi Academy

    Sorry honey, I won't be coming home next week to see you and the kids. My commander in chief just ordered a "pause." Don't know when I'll be home.

    April 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Doug R.

    Over 4,000 U.S. soldiers killed (18 more since Sunday) and tens of thousands more injured, some permanently. Bush is directly responsible for these casualties and neither he or Cheney have attended a single funeral. This Mr. McCain advocates staying in Iraq for another 100 years and is now talking about bombing Iran.

    April 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. xtina

    Even if we win in Iraq tomorrow, jihad against us still exists. We need a constant and long term military force for eliminating Islamic extremist activity.

    April 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Karen - Branson MO

    I doubt there are any words that can describe Bush's mindset. What is he talking about that the shortened tours only are for those deployed after Aug. 1? This isn't a union contract hiring new employee. Don't the men/women already in Iraq deserve to also have shortened tour of duty????

    Why can't there be some kind of "summit" with Europe, Middle Eastern Countries, U.S. etc. to help draft a path for Iraq?

    And for God's sake, DON'T let that hot-head McCain get control of the trigger on Iraq!!!!! We are in for SO much trouble if McCain follows Bush to the White House. McCain is too fanatical and a temper!

    April 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Dave

    yeah, UN and NATO step in. let's keep pushing the NWO, globalists.

    April 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. rod

    The world-shaking Lords have the sudden or radical change of interest toward laying the foundation for the next battle cry mission. Who will be the next homesteader or yokel to hang out or camp out in the White House?

    April 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Danny

    Of course we do Obama is the next worst President because they are cousin. Obama going to put more mess in Iraq and Iran.

    Hillary 08 President.

    April 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Richard, FL

    To Dave and Alonzo Demetrius:

    Wishful thinking that Obama MIGHT be worse than Bush is not the same as KNOWING how totally incompetent Bush is.

    NO W3 !

    April 10, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Justin

    General Betrayus is still at it I see.

    April 10, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Ken

    Hey Marine, I do not claim McCain to be a hypocrite. I "congratulate" (?) him for his son's service. My problem with McCain is that he is an idiot ......to have followed and supported the policies of a person who IS a proven chickenhawk hypocrite. In fact, I have a problem with all of you similarly befuddled idiots....you who are so quick to wave the flag of the country that you are destroying.

    To look the abject [R] failure of the last 7 years in the face, and then to actually CHOOSE to continue it by voting for McBush, is evidence of a mind so devoid of independent thought and analysis as to suggest a not-so-mild form of insanity or retardation.

    April 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Ken

    People. Take a look back at That's Reality (12:48pm). These goons actually believe what they are saying!!! This is what we are up against to take our country back. There is no reasoning with these people because they apparently have no reasoning ability. It is the signture right-wing, partisan fear-mongering. These lunatics don't even concede the simple fact of the stress on our military due to their deployments to Iraq.

    You cannot reason with these [R] mad-dogs. You will need to hit them over the head hard to get the presidency back.

    April 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Jason, Texas

    Argh! Need I say more......

    April 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Joe

    I am curious, i wonder if George Bush could ever make a decision on his own about the Iraq war without people like General Petraeus, Bill Gates, Ryan Crocker, and god knows who else in his administration telling him what to do? I really and truly think he does not have a clue as to what is really going on around him. I think his advisers are only telling him only what they want him to know. When he talks to the American people its not really his words. His advisers, political stratagest, and special interest are running the country and the war in Iraq. 4,029 young lives lost and counting. Some 29,000 wounded. Our government would rather not talk about there wounded. Bad PR. i guess.

    April 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Paul from Kissimmee

    I'm glad we have a leader who has thick skin. He is right to stay the course. He said this would be a long war, but after 6 months, the liberals wanted to leave. God help us if we wind up with a sissy like Obama, who can't make a decision without checking the poll numbers.

    April 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Hillary Supporter

    He's worried about the IRAQIS "supporting themselves economically" while OUR economy is going down the toilet????


    Somebody get the hook and drag this bozo off the stage – I am so sick of him – I don't know if I can take another 285 days of his incredible arrogance and stupidity

    April 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Pennsylvania Joe

    In case it isn't clear to you all by now... we're currently engaged in an endless war in Iraq. When the violence is low, they say we can't withdraw because we have to keep the peace. When the violence is high, they say we can't withdraw because we have to defeat the insurgents. Do you know how much this war is costing us? Do you know what problems we could be solving at home?

    You know how to end this war? We simply need leadership that says "enough is enough."

    President Barack Obama is the man to bring us that resolution.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    April 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. H-ROD

    when they hand over their oil thats when it will be over and not a day sooner this is one of the biggest sticks ups in history and it's not going well jesse james were are you ?

    April 10, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. KR

    At least we can all agree we hate Bush.

    It's true that Obama doesn't take money directly from oil companies, but then, no presidential, House or Senate candidate does. They can't: Corporations have been prohibited from contributing directly to federal candidates since the Tillman Act became law in 1907.

    Obama has, however, accepted more than $213,000 in contributions from individuals who work for, or whose spouses work for, companies in the oil and gas industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That's not as much as Sen. Hillary Clinton, who has received more than $306,000 in donations from people tied to the industry, but it's still a substantial amount.

    April 10, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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