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President Bush Calls Iraq War a Success

While debris from collapsing financial institutions continue to fall during the final days of the Bush Administration, the President has found something he considers a "success" — the Iraq war.

In an interview played on Japanese TV this week, a "very pleased" Bush said:

I think the decision to remove Saddam Hussein was right. . . . We are bringing troops home because of the success in Iraq. But Iraq is not yet completely safe. So there will be a US presence for a while there at the request of the Iraqi government. The United States is willing to continue to help. Most countries there within a very broad coalition have come home but we want to help this government.

Since the war began, more than 4,200 US soldiers have died, along with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. And don't forget the monetary cost. At the five-year anniversary, the cost of the Iraq war topped $600 billion — perhaps Bush forgot his original prediction that the war would cost only $60 billion. Despite the human and financial cost, do you think the Iraq war will ultimately be a success?


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foxie foxie 8 years
Em- WOW. Do you really think that's what she meant? I think it's painfully obvious to anyone reading it through unbiased eyes that her POINT wasn't that kids should get HIV. NOT to get back into that whole stupid debate again, but honestly. That is NOT what she meant, and you know it. Stop acting like that, it's ridiculous.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Liberals are human beings too, and you know what? Calling Bush a moron is in no way comparable to saying "Hey to all of you people who don't think that contact sports with children who are HIV positive, I can't wait until a kid does contract AIDS through contact sports, then we'll see where you are then!". C'mon. Apples and oranges, and to then call us "liberals" heartless? Riiiiight.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Some people actually think before they post, and wishing anything upon a child, even to "make a point", is pretty ridiculous. I'd like people to see my points too, when I'm making them, but that was out of line and totally uncalled for--especially from someone who has kids of her own, IMO. Oh, wait, let me do it in a way you can understand-- It's say ANYTHING and wish ANYTHING NEGATIVE upon a CHILD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ESPECIALLY AIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!111!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
sorry librarian (see I am practicing humility)
indielove indielove 8 years
Aw shucks! Thanks, Hainan. :D
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
Hainan I just read through your comments and the ones that you directed at me were aggressive.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
ok indie... you are right.. perfectly right... as always and exclamations are not yelling... its excitement and emphasizing.... abut yeah whatever you're right
indielove indielove 8 years
You're the one yelling at everyone with exclamation points run rampant. As far as your advice goes: You first. :)
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
ridiculous... all of you and em, I would take back that comment if I could. It was to prove a point, and if you cannot see through 1 simple post to see that there is a human being on the other side of the computer(who OBVIOUSLY doesn't wish that on a child) then you need help!!!! It seems you like to prove your point at the expense of everyone else, so you can have your point!!! And saying i wish that some of the liberals on here can see the opposite side of their argument is nowhere near the hateful spouting off that you and others on this site have done. Just chill
stephley stephley 8 years
"Currently, Obama plans to keep in Bush's tax cuts and increasse spending too." Thanks to the mess Shrub is leaving.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
147 comments to keep the food in the sugar team's mouths, or if you prefer, to continue pushing the liberal leftist agenda on the masses.
indielove indielove 8 years
My Christmas wish: that Team will provide us with a smirking emoticon. :pray:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
commence the worshipping emoticons.
indielove indielove 8 years
"We share this world with others and as President Clinton so eloquently said the world will respect us for the power of our example not the example of our power." I loved when he said that. Great choice of quote, hypno. :D And to your entire post: :notworthy:
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
demented idiot decided to stick around, i love that only that was used to reference but not the part of children losing their parents its ok we can try to sugar coat it :wink:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
To those who feel that President Bush has bared the brunt of too much responsibility when it comes to the Iraq War I'm sorry but the office of the President is where the buck stops. Regardless of the semantics, agencies, policy's,advisers and hundreds of thousands of subordinates involved the President is the (decider) and as the responsibility of the office would suggest the responsible party for his/her decisions. If you can't stand the heat you shouldn't be in the kitchen. George W. Bush as any other President is well aware that his decisions are his own. As for the War it self, simply unnecessary and misguided. However, I agree 100% that since we are there and have jacked up the country we need to make sure it is in some semblance of order before we leave. Otherwise our legacy there will not be liberator but demolitioner. For those of you who are keen on making the unseating of dictators the norm as Jude suggested that is a slippery slope we can not endure no matter how powerful we are. It is also not in alignment with our pledge and promise to the international community to do things by the rules. Now if we don't like the rules make an effort to amend them but don't just say well F ya'll to the international community and say we're breaking the rules whenever we want. To cultivate such an arrogant attitude even further may allow us to do what we did in Iraq again but for every dictator unseated a piece of our selves will be lost. I do not want to see this country become a Roeg bully that serves it's own purpose. We share this world with others and as President Clinton so eloquently said the world will respect us for the power of our example not the example of our power. It is high time we live up to our ideals once again and not surrender to our weaknesses but exercise our finest qualities.
indielove indielove 8 years
Shrinking US and global GDP:`
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Well one thing we can agree on, I think, Bush is the most powerful president in history. He secured lots of new powers for the executive branch, was the biggest user of signing statements ever (and used them in an unprecedented way), and did all he could to push his agenda with a republican congress supporting him for quite a few years.
kranky kranky 8 years
steph- Currently, Obama plans to keep in Bush's tax cuts and increasse spending too. Maybe it will work for him.
indielove indielove 8 years
Your words, not mine. :D
kranky kranky 8 years
indie- I asked you a simple question. I was not trying to imply anything. But now I know: Congress (be it Republican or Democratic) has nothing to do with running the country. Fine.
stephley stephley 8 years
The operating cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has been about $16-billion a month - they didn't just distract from the economy, they were draining the economy; and at a time when he boosted government spending, Bush cut taxes.
indielove indielove 8 years
Yeah, bad, the Democratic-led Congress deserves the most blame for this here economic crisis. Once again, let's wipe the sh!t on someone else's shoes. No, wait, the Democrats' shoes. Let me be PC about this.
kranky kranky 8 years
Iraq War distracted the government from the economy. Got it. What I should have said was, you haven't changed my mind about the relationship between the Iraq War and the housing bubble.
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