November 29th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
8 years ago

Bush pledges full U.S. support to India

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Bush returned to the White House Saturday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush pledged Saturday the full support of the United States as India investigates the attacks in Mumbai that killed at east 183 people.

"The killers that struck this week are brutal and violent," he said. "Terror will not have the final word."

Bush, speaking after returning from Camp David, said his administration has been monitoring the situation closely.

"We're working to ensure that American citizens in India are safe," he said.

He said President-elect Barack Obama has been informed of developments for the attacks, which Bush called "an assault on human dignity."

"The people of India are strong. They built a vibrant, multiethnic democracy that can withstand this trial," Bush said.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. James

    George, back to the bushes! "I'll send for you when its over", Karl !

    November 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Give Peace a Chance Please.

    The recent attacks in Mumbai have the potential of causing reprisal attacks. This would be just as wrong as the terrorists. Lets take a a page from Gandhi and modify and use his techniques.

    First a Fact:
    The only way these radical groups will stop is when modern/moderate Muslims stand up to them. For various reasons this is not happening.

    So until there are no terrorist attacks in India for one year we will all boycott any Muslim business. This will not be easy but it is important as much as possible. Don't go to their restaurants, shop at their stores or even hire them. Walk away and do business with a Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, Mormon or someone who has no religious ties.

    I know some people say "listen to the terrorists and negotiate with them." This will just lead to more demands and it will never end.

    Let us try for peace by a simple boycott, it may be the only chance the world has.

    If you can try to send this to one person for every victim of the terrorist attacks. That would be the least you could do

    November 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Dal Californian

    You should have stayed focused on Bin Laden and not got into Iraq for the petro dollars for your VP.
    Furthermore you should have gone after Pakistanis for the training of the terrorists.

    November 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. silver bells

    the world is an awful place to live in, but what other choice do we have.

    November 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Al, California

    Killing one person is a crime. Killing hundreds of thousands and inflaming terrorism all over the world is not punishable. This street-smart guy is steel free. And Cheney too.

    November 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. bob j

    i am glad that pres bush is keeping the pres elect in the loop,the current pres is acting like a real pres again , in a way i feel sorry for him i am a strong democrat and i voted for pres elect obama but i still respect the office and i hope history will be kind to pres bush

    November 29, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Candia

    "Give Peace a Chance Please" – your suggestions are ridiculous and smack of bigotry, to tell the truth. Tell me, when there are attacks perpetrated by a Christian (for example the Olympic Park Bomber Eric Rudolph), did you then call for a boycott of all Christian businesses? It is precisely because too many people throw all Muslims – regardless of whether they are moderate, "normal" Muslims, or Islamofacsist terrorists – into one pot and show and act out of bias and prejudice against the any member of the religion, that the terrorists keep finding a fertile recruiting ground to further their destructive goals.

    November 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Angie-OHIO

    just go sit somewhere until 1/20, nobody cares what you think or have to say. GOOD-BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. chris of STL

    One thing that came out clear was that the terrorists had support from Pakistan. There is a void of leadership in Pakistan, and the terrorist groups are running amok, including al-qaeda. The best thing for the whole humanity is to take action NOW by going into Pakistan and flush out all terrorist groups. If the US doesn't go along, India should not hesitate to do so and exercise its own 'Bush Doctrine" …

    November 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. HouseDiva

    Thanks bush for working so hard to make sure that the world hates us!

    No w GO AWAY!

    November 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Matt B

    "Killing hundreds of thousands and inflaming terrorism"

    Al, you make me sick. Terrorists are terrorists, they don't need excuses. You are the type of disgusting person who blames the US for all acts of terrorism instead of the true terrorists themselves. I bet you also blame the failures in your life on the government as well.

    You should be ashamed of yourself.

    November 29, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Joe Regis

    It is amazing the dichotomy between the democratic rethoric and the deception in the actions an implementation of that concept.

    Capturing people around the globe, torturing and keeping them without representation in Guantanamo and in secret gulag type of prisons in the coalition of the willing countries bode very well for world peace according to the Bush administration.

    It is a slippery slope between known sponsored states of terror and those that use subtlety as a way to mask their collegial actions from the general public.

    November 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. aaa

    go back to your cave

    November 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Debby

    Well I have to say Bush has kept us safe since 9/11 where there were over 3 thousand killed.

    November 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Will18E

    George will help India, but not Detroit.

    November 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Perusing-Through

    Pardon me Mr. President, but your words have no ring. This is so, so, sad. . . .

    . . . and now all those who advised you and used you (like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove) are distancing themselves from you. Truly a Greek tragedy. Sad, sad, oh how so sad. . . .

    November 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Angel

    I was was wondering when I'd see the press conference...thanks for the words of comfort to the Indian people.

    November 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. People Democracy


    India has No City Governments
    India has No City Police Force

    United States has Effective City Governments.
    The City Governments take care of most of the immediate
    needs of the people. The City Governments has Police Force.
    The City Governments has Fire Safety Force and Utility too.

    No such things are available in India.

    You were shocked watching that Mumbai Terror attacks.

    With the kind of Ineffective City and State Governments India has,
    you will not be surprised with these kind of attacks

    There is no Effective City Governments in India.

    For instance, this Mumbai City Governments has No Police Force.

    Only the State has got the Police Force.

    To make you understand, let me take California for discussion:

    There is no San Francisco Police Department.

    Throughout California, you have California State Police.

    California State Police has Head Office in Sacramento.

    The head of the California State Police is known as
    Director General of Police, in short, DGP.

    DGP is responsible for the safety of the entire California.

    DGP appoints City Police Commissioner for each City.

    DGP is responsible for recruiting the police force
    for the entire state.

    Is it practically possible to manage effectively,
    if the Chief sits in Sacramento and try to manage
    the police force in San Diego city.

    The same thing for the Fire Safety too.

    It is time, India understands this major defect
    in its Government Structure.

    It is time, City Governments in India has
    effective police force and fire safety.

    It is time, India establishes Autonomous, Accountable,
    Performing, Effective City Governments.

    Till then, India is not safe.

    The fact is: Effective City Governments make the nation as
    a Developed Nation.

    November 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. seenu

    If Pakistan is the source, India has all the right to respond like US did in 2001. No one has any right to tell what India should do based on the evidence they have.

    November 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Joel

    To Give Peace a Chance Please, you are proposing a boycott of innocent civilians. Remember, radical Muslims make up a fraction of a percent of the world Muslim population. By boycotting all Muslims, you will do nothing but incite terrorism and turn the Muslims against terrorism, the vast majority of Muslims, against us. Also, there are plenty of radicals from all religions.

    "at east 183 people." – Where are the editors?

    November 29, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Karen-phoenix

    I just read "Audacity of Hope"! Every American should read this and understand what Obama wants to accomplish. Fist time in my adult life (and I'm 64 and register republican) I am soooo proud of our President elect and I have HOPE for our future. Bush, just keep Obama informed on everything!!! For some reason God sent us Obama and great time of stress in this world and I do believe he can accomplish a lot–only if America stands behind him and forget what color he is!!! I'm white and sick to death of a lot of the "skinheads" writing on these blogs. Disgusting Americans! I'd like to see them get the degrees and intellegence that Obama has!!!

    November 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Larry

    Bush is Great !!!

    November 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Sezi Demirkilic`

    How exactly is he expecting to stop terror? He's not been able to do it in the past 8 years. He actually contributed to the increase of terror. It's incredibly suspicious to me that the FBI is going to India to "lend a hand". This whole mess seems a domestic problem which has to do with India and it's long standing issues between Hindus vs. Muslims. Bush wants to throw Pakistan into the mix and then also mention the usual suspects. We need to concentrate on the issues in our own country. India is a rich country and I'm sure their intelligence can handle this issue on their own. The US needs to stop being the police of the world. We are already viewed negatively enough. I am saddened for all the innocent lives lost and terror has to be stopped, but the US does not need to be the leader. Why is the UN not involved? Where is Europe?

    November 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. s

    Words, words, words. That's all we get from Bush. How about some action–like getting bin Laden.

    November 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    If they suddenly found oil in India, Bush would have a crack brigade of marines on the way, with Cheney making all the necessary and important business "arrangements" along with James Baker III and the rest of the Carlyle Group.

    In about 2 months Bush can sit back at the stock-dump, paid-for Crawford Ranch and watch an expert handle things, and without having to fire a shot or threaten anybody, either!!!

    November 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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