March 21st, 2008
05:59 PM ET

Pres. Bush puts foot-in-mouth on Iran & nuclear weapons

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/03/21/art.ahmadinejad.gi.jpg caption=" Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad casts his ballot in the parliamentary elections at a mosque on March 14, 2008 in South Tehran."]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's been quite a week for U.S. foreign policy.

In a radio interview meant to reach the Iranian people on the Persian new year, this is what President Bush had to say about the Islamic republic's intentions:

"They've declared they want to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people. And that's unacceptable to the United States, and it's unacceptable to the world."

Uh, Mr. President, your own intelligence experts have said that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Experts on Iran and nuclear proliferation tell the Washington Post that the president is flat-out wrong, that Iran has never said it wanted a nuclear weapon for any reason. The National Security Council says Mr. Bush was referring to Iran's previous statements about wiping Israel off the map. But that's not what he said.

One global security expert says the president's comment on Iran is as uninformed as John McCain's statement in front of foreign leaders in Jordan that Iran is training al Qaeda. This is a man who touts his foreign policy experience as one of the top reasons why he should be elected, but who apparently gets confused when it comes to Sunni vs. Shia vs. Iran vs. al Qaeda. It's embarrassing.

Oh, and there was this: The White House announced that President Bush will still attend the Beijing Olympics despite China's crackdown on Tibet. Mr. Bush's position is that the Olympics "should be about the athletes and not necessarily about politics." So it's fine that Chinese soldiers are killing Tibetans... let the games begin.

Of course we owe China so much money, it would be a little tough for President Bush to say anything else, wouldn't it? We didn't used to be like this.

Here’s my question to you: Why would President Bush say Iran has declared it wants "to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people" when his own experts say that's not the case?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Richard writes:
Bush has never listened to his experts before since he is the Decider! I fear that Bush's recklessness will get us into war with Iran!

Norma from New York writes:
I was just in Iran and heard many versions of "We have a lot in common. We both have presidents the people don't like.” This is from the people who are afraid to speak.

Laura from Astoria, Oregon writes:
Because the Bush administration will be bombing facilities in Iran before the next election. As was the case with Iraq, they need justification. Period.

Nancy writes:
Because it worked last time, with Iraq. He still doesn't get it that WE have finally gotten it and that this time we won't buy his latest rush to war.

James from New York writes:
The intelligence community was wrong when it came to Iraq, so I guess that President Bush has decided that they are wrong about Iran, too.

Mary writes:
President Bush is just continuing to play every "fear" card he can think of to try to keep the American public away from the truth. He can only "win" for the Republicans if there is enough fear generated. He doesn't remember the American people are strong and can stand firm against outside forces if presented the truth.

Rick writes:
Jack, Harvard and Yale are both asking the same question and are reviewing their criteria for matriculation.

Filed under: Iran
soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Jed from Chico, CA

    Simple – he needs to make the case for war in Iran with the American people as soon as possible seeing as he only has 10 months until the next president takes over. Even if John McBush the 3rd takes over I can't believe he'd be as eager to go to war in Iran as Bush was to go to war in Iraq.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  2. Michael NY, NY


    To understand and comprehend national security intelligence, you must first be intelligent.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  3. Allen L Wenger

    He wants to go to war with Iran. He has always wanted it, look at his "axis of evil" speech. It could be his do-over war, to make up for the horrible mess he has made in Iraq.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  4. Lola

    Lola from Arizona

    President Bush doesn't get his information from the experts he got his information from grave or perphas from his dream

    March 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  5. Howard

    President Bush and the world know the sentiments of the President Ahjmadinejad of Iran who is not like; to say the least of Israel or it people. Adjmadinejad may also wish to develop and make the weapons but government and the country do not wish create the weapons at this time, do to interracial obligations.

    Joshua Tree

    March 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  6. peter

    jack he's the village idiot he says what he's told to say

    March 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  7. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Duh. He is building a sham case for invasion. It's on their agenda, Congress will not prevent it, and it will happen the day after the election, regardless of who wins the White House. After all, Papa Bush invaded Somalia after Bill Clinton was elected, so there is a neat precedent.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  8. Linda

    perfect Person, Perfect time, perfect influence.
    Jack, can I add something" :
    If you drive on Red, you should get the ticket, not a bonus check, right.
    Florida and Michigan new, what would be the result. Do not expect the check than.

    There is the way to sit deputies: according to final proportion between candidates.
    Easy, cheap , respectable and reasonable. You want to sit – GET IT, get it the way this country runs.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  9. Linda, Florida, Orlando

    Just one more time, so you will see – I am from Florida:

    If you drive on Red, you should get the ticket, not a bonus check, right.
    Florida and Michigan new, what would be the result. Do not expect the check than.

    There is the way to sit deputies: according to final proportion between candidates.
    Easy, cheap , respectable and reasonable. You want to sit – GET IT, get it the way this country runs.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  10. Terry from Calif

    Because he is not in touch with reality. It is as though President Bush and his Administration are on some island away from the real world.

    The only way things are going to change is in November by rocking the vote.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  11. robert from nc

    This President really needs to just stay in the Oval Office and play cards with the rest of his cabinet. Many even a good game of Texas hold'em..and the rest of the nation just needs to hold on until next Jan.20. and we can get back to normal...Jack the past eight years has been more scary that an E-ticket ride at Disney World!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  12. Drew in Newburyport, MA

    This is nothing new. Whenever the facts have not supported the policy position of the Bush Administration they ignore those facts... and if that doesn't work, they make up their own "facts". Besides, if you say something often enough, doesn't that make it a fact?

    March 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  13. Babyboomer from Michigan

    Bush's whole philosophy has been based on the "Fear Factor". If you put enough fear in the voter's minds, they'll think any stupid thing he comes up with is great. Unfortunately, we've had 7 years of this and the same excuses don't fly.. I, personally, can't wait until he flies back to Crawford and stays there.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  14. Mark, comfy in AZ

    Simple. Remember the whole WMD's in Iraq? He's looking for excuses to bomb Iran.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  15. John from Chicago

    Jack once again Bush's comments show how out of touch with reality he is. He is clearly living in his own world.
    Maybee it's early alzheimers. Perhaps he should start funding stem cell research to save him from losing his mind.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  16. James L

    Unfortunately, I believe Mr. Bush hasgotten to a point where he is focused on a goal with laser precision, and no one, not even his own advisors, will detour him from that goal. He will believe what he wants, no matter how wrong, and use it to justify doing what he wants, no matter what.

    IF he was not the president, we would classify this as a mental condition, and seek professional help for him. Because he IS the president, it is imperative that he be checked, however we must, and we must pay attention to the possibility that Mr. Cheney is the puppetmaster it has been implied in the past.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  17. Jennifer Rustburg Virginia

    That's a no brainer Jack. Bush wants to send troops into Iran so that we have no money for any social programs. When President Obama takes office he won't have any money to do anything for the average people of this country.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  18. uncle Jimbo - Chicago

    Why? The man is a habitual lier that has lost contact with reality. Its time for the little green men to come and take him away, with impeachment papers in hand.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  19. Larry - Fulton, Ill.

    President Bush is in a "State of Denial". He has proven over and over that he is in such a state of paranoia that he doesn't believe anyone. He has a one track mind and you're either with him or out to get him, he is not open to compromise, advise from experts, or even his own people.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  20. Kara Sidney, Ohio

    Because Jack, this man's a war-monger! Yet again, he's put his foot in his mouth, because he's an idiot. What I suggest he do, is take that foot out of his mouth, plant in on the ground, and run like hell – far, far away from here. Maybe, in the future, he could find a job where the only requirement needed is: half a brain – he'd get that position – hands down!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  21. Velle In Halifax

    Because Jack, "Duh-Duh-Dubya" has been spouting anything that pops into his empty little head that he thinks will get him support for so long he now believes it will work no matter what he spouts. I was laughing uncontrollably until it struck me that there are some out there who WILL believe him. Do me a favor, Jack....don't tell McCain, please

    March 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  22. Richard Sternagel

    Bush has never listened to his experts before since he is the Decider! I fear that Bush's recklessness will get us into war with Iran! God save us from this madman!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  23. Ron Richmond

    He does it just to show us how lame we are, Jack. This man by all rights should be in prison! The lies, the misinformation and the money lost on this war, Not talking about the money for fighting the War that is an abuse, but the actual lost Millions no one can account for!!! He should be in prison! We have failed as a government and as a people for letting this man stay in office! He has soiled our name and standing in the world and disgraced the Office of President of the United States, probably for ever. This country is getting closer and closer to an insurrection, another revolution, due to the fact that our Congress does not serve it's people.

    Russia is laughing at us, Marx was right, The US will come undone from within!

    The very very sad thing is that in this one and only thing, Bush is right! Iran has and will always be the One True Threat to peace everywhere and the religious fanatics there would send a nuclear weapon here in
    a heart beat! They were always and still are A Threat and will most likely be the cause of WWIII !

    March 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  24. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  25. Patricia

    Bush is trying to open the door for Sen. McCain,(should Sen. McCain be elected President); to attack Iran. I think that the Bush Administration has been the most dangerous Administration to this Nation than any time since Ronald Reagan's saber rattling against the U.S.S.R., & look at what that has gotten us, Putin. I say again: Anybody but a Republican.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  26. Paulette Dallas,PA

    Hi Jack! Happy Easter! Don't listen to anything delusional Bush says about anything. Dick Cheney probably told him that they could double their profits if they invade Iran too. Suit them both up in military gear and send them both off together to do the job. They'll never convince congress nor the American people to back this folly!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  27. Kevin - Albany, NY

    Probably for the same reasons Bush said we needed to invade Iraq to fight terrorism, Jack, which was to deceive the public into going along with his own personal agenda.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  28. Adam

    That’s a good question. I think his stubbornness is such that he is physically unable to admit his mistakes or he is simply the fool of all fools.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  29. Craig

    Jack, GWB's penchant for creating his own un-reaities has been well documented. Is this another rhetorical question?

    March 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  30. Joe in DE

    Bush sometimes misspeakes, I think he has determined that th President is allowed to do that or whatever else he wants.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  31. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack, maybe President Bush's mind is so fried/tired from countless mistruths , and full of misleading statements of the past that he can no longer think logically let alone straight.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  32. Al Pechulis

    Mr. Bush has based his entire presidency on fear, no matter if truth or not. He will say anything to keep his hawkish policies before the American people, because it is all he has. The economy, national debt, trade deficits, high oil prices, immigration, and foreign policies in general, have all been failures. I believe the Republicans are still adamant about going to war with Iran and that John McCain's Iran 'slipups' are planned.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  33. dan in mass

    HE'S A LIAR!!! George W. Bush is a spoiled, snotty, stupid man who knows less than most, and knows less than all the people who have the same degrees as him(except John Kerry). When he squints his eyes, looks at the camera and says something like "strategery " I want to flush myself down the toilet, before he does. He lied about Katrina, Iran, Enron, the ports deal, Halliburton, the fired U.S atty's., mission accomplished, the search for Bin Laden, Aids relief for Africa, Pat Tillman, Abu Ghraib, Jessica Lynch, Waterboarding, coalition of the wanting(wanting money), the economy, Terry Schiavo, relationship with Jack Abramoff, and most of all the war. I don't believe a thing he says.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  34. Jerry


    Does anyone really care what this man says anymore. I didn't know
    lame ducks could talk. When he gets to the old peoples home with
    John McCain maybe he'll learn how to pronounce the word "Nuclear".

    Roselle, Illinois

    March 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  35. JIM LAGO

    looking for any excuse to explain why we are in IRAJ. VERY LAME TO SAY THE LEAST

    March 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  36. chris kelly

    I don't have any faith in Bush, nor his "experts"...but forget the politics for a minute IF THAT IS POSSIBLE. Anyone who believes Iran has no interest / does not want nuclear weapons in their arsenal is way out of touch with Islam extremism alive and well in this country and the absolute hatred Iran has with Israel. Do you REALLY believe Iran is content with Israel having nukes while Iran does not?

    Are you kidding me !

    Chris – Alphretta, GA

    March 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  37. Grant from Reno, NV

    Because he needs to keep an uncalled-for level of fear active in the minds of Americans who will vote in Nov. for the "fear" candidate: McCain. Seriously, have you ever watched McCain speak versus the Democrats? Talk about fire and brimstone. McCain (and Bush) somehow rally applause from their crowds when they talk about future conflicts, genocide, American deaths, etc. I'd guess it's because the audience is scared and they don't want to upset the grumpy old man yelling at them on stage.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  38. Glenn Fischer

    Because he's clueless?

    March 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  39. Brian


    It shouldn't surprise you that President Bush is neglecting facts and evidence in his pursuit of constant fear-mongering. This a tried-and-true tactic for the Bush Administration and now that they have nothing to lose, they're will stop at nothing in their attempt to keep America's fear of the Middle East, however irrational, in the center of the political arena.

    Brian Rich
    Moscow, Idaho

    March 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  40. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    I would say that he recalls every day when his experts said that Saddam Hussien had WMD's. Maybe he needs some new experts.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    I would say that he recalls every day when his experts said that Saddam Hussien had WMD's. Maybe he needs some new experts.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  42. Peter Whiteley

    Everyone knows the anwser to this Jack. He's ignorant, arrogant and stupid. Does America really want to wait for an election or can they get rid of this idiot now??
    Aldergrove BC Canada

    March 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  43. Keith Irving, Texas

    For the same reason he didn't know a few weeks ago that gas was going to hit $4 a gallon. This guy doesn't have a clue.

    2009 can't get here quickly enough.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  44. Paulette Dallas,PA

    P.S. Jack, Thank you! I've been waiting for a question on Tibet. Maybe next week will you post one?

    March 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  45. Ralph Taliercio - Long Island, NY

    Jack you're assuming that what comes out of Bush's mouth is the remote result of cognizant, rational thought. Except of course when he's parroting what his boss Mr. Cheney tells him to say, then it's darker and more harmful to most Americans.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  46. Tina Ft Worth

    And we are so worried about having Obama as president and Bush is just or more inexperienced in life and is always contradicting his mouth.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  47. Liz from California

    Bush's continual lies about"Weapons of Mass Destruction" will go down in history as the biggest lie a President has ever told-yes, it even beats Bill Clinton's under oath testimony. Bush doesn't see anything wrong with lying to the American People, obviously. Bush doesn't care about lying to Americans, Cheney doesn't care what the American People think of the war, this really reminds me of one of those totalitarian regimes. Cheney could be Hitler, Bush-Mussolini, and Hilary Clinton could be Stalin, supporting the cause until halfway through, and then changing her mind. This is all madness!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  48. Tina Ft Worth

    When doesn't Mr. Bush puts his foot in his mouth. Everytime he opens it stupidity flows out.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  49. Will K. San Jose, CA

    Come on Jack, when has the President ever let facts get in the way of a speech. This is the same man that said the war was over in front of a "Mission Accomplished" sign back in 2003, not to mention yellowcake-gate before the war.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  50. Kevin from Sacramento

    We can depend on President Bush (43 - not 41) to use any means necessary to rally the support of the American people for his cause. Just like we can depend on them to ignore our will after their foot is in the door.

    There may have been some case to make for invading Iraq - not based on WMD's, not based on links to Al Qaida, not based on any of a hundred other falsehoods we were sold, but based on Sadam's links to other terrorist networks; and the potential for information sharing about developing WMDs.

    If they had trusted the American people with the truth, and treated us like adults, we might have had an intelligent debate on the matter, and he might have avoided a bankruptcy in political capital.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  51. Brad in Oregon

    George Bush wants another war. Why else would he say such things? If he gets to spend all our money on war toys, there will be none left for domestic spending. He can kill two birds with one stone: Keep the money rolling in for his rich military-industrial friends and to eliminate social programs for those people who need it. The GOP is opposed to social programs except those that continue to make them rich and those that use public money to bail out corporations who have made poor financial decisions. A war with Iran seems to be just what Bush's doctor ordered.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  52. Kim, Canada

    Other then he is an idiot, probably he hasn't given the people a good fear pill in a while and thought this would be a good dose.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  53. George, Charlotte, NC

    Because he thinks we are stupid and that he has time to start another war before leaving office. He wants to make sure that Halliburton and the oil companies get richer. He wants to divert attention from the total failure of Iraq and the in the toilet economy so that McCain will have a shot at winning.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  54. Barry, Miami, FL

    When was the last time this man has had a psychological evaluation? He is out where the buses don't run. And so are the people who put him there.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  55. Terry in Hanover, VA

    Why? Because (1) Bush is an idiot; (2) Bush wants to attack Iran to keep the war going so he and his gang of profiteers will make more money for years to come; and (3) Bush is the worst President in the history of the United states, the worst leader in the free world, and the worst leader in the history of the world period!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  56. Cindy, Illinois

    My first thoughts are that he wants to go on another scavenger hunt for weapons of mass destruction. Can't wait till November!!!
    Somebody also needs to tell him the price of gas is reaching close to $4.00 a gallon.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  57. Shari in Houston, Texas

    Wow! John McCain as president will be a continuation of the Bush presidency! Scary!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  58. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Because he's a liar, prevaricator, fraud, deceiver, perjurer, cheat, trickster, falsifier, story-teller, equivocator, fabricator, fibber, swindler, charlatan, conniver, hypocrite, shark, con man, crook, quack, evil do'er, and a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  59. mikeytherhino

    Because he is an idiot warmonger, and because he is being "kind" enough to let them know, via this statement, that the Bombing will be beginning soon. Nice of Him, Huh?

    Mike, From Staten Island, New York

    March 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  60. Anthony Smith

    The same reason he said there were WMD's in Iraq. Atleast Reagan had alzheimer's, what is George Bush's excuse? The guy is clueless and mark my word...in a hundred years from now, he will be in the books as one of the worst if not the worst president in American history.

    Anthony Smith
    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    March 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  61. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Bush is a liar who will say whatever fits his own personal agenda. Remember that this is a man whose reasons for invading Iraq change as often as you or I change our underwear. His credibility is completely shot. I wouldn't believe Bush if he said the sky is blue.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  62. David in Raleigh, NC

    Ahmadinejad has said that Israel will be destroyed. He has implied with Nuclear Weapons.

    Ahmadinejad just hasn't came out and said Israel will be destroyed with Nuclear Weapons.

    With Iran and Nuclear Weapons, it's a game of semantics and words. The world knows what Iran really means.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  63. Gigi in Alabama

    Aw, come on Jack. . . it's George Bush you're talking about. He couldn't tell the truth if it came up and bit him on the bottom. How our country could have selected him twice is beyond me. (Notice I said selected not elected.)

    March 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  64. Ronald

    This President Bush has shown that intelligence reports are lost on him. With this president, intelligence is lost.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  65. Ryan, Champaign IL

    When "W"'s foot isn't in his mouth, it's usually lodged in a place more painful for the American people. The best place for his foot will be walking out the back door of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  66. John Q. Public

    The only thing surprising about this is that anyone trusts these people anymore. WAKE UP, AMERICA. You are being spood-fed warmongering propaganda. The purpose of this is to scare you enough that you'll let your rights be stripped away to make you 'safe' and to line the bulging pockets of defense contractors. Have we all become so digusted and apathetic that we just don't care anymore, or are we really this naive?

    I'd rather be blown up by a terrorist bomb than live in a police state.

    Springfield, IL

    March 21, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  67. Carol, Springfield, MA


    First of all, I don't think that President Bush can read. He obviously bought his credentials by having a high profile daddy.

    Second, he does not have a very good understanding of foreign policy. A trend he now pass on to McCain because they are both trying to make the American public believe that we are fighting al Qaeda in Iraq and NOT Iraqi extremist who wants Americans soldiers to leave the country.

    Third, he also seems to think that it is a romantically fantastic experience to go and fight in Iraq. Coming home in a body bag to him would probably be the icing on the wedding cake!

    Lastly, because he thinks that it is romantic and fantastic and every american should experience it he probably thought that it is his duty as commander in chief to make sure that happens before he leaves office. No need to thank him. No no please .... You are welcome America. Enjoy.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  68. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    To help boost McCain I guess (Republicans should stay in office to handle Iran). I hope he realizes soon that the American people are not dumb and our grades in school were not bought. We are not buying this infuriating rubbish.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  69. Denise (Brooklyn, New York)

    President Bush's only accomplishment to date is that he has failed the American people and embarassed the United States in the eyes of the world. The man is desperate to have some kind of legacy other than the dismal failure of Iraq. Not to mention, he is blind to reality. He and John McCain should retire quietly never to be heard of or seen again.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  70. tim from Ravenna, OH

    It is the Bush doctrine that if you say it often enough it will become the truth, or at least give you the time to scare people into doing whatever it is you want. This guy gives new meaning to the lame part of lame duck.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  71. ellen smith

    So what;s new, Busch always says stupid things!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  72. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Because by trying to interject more FEAR in the American people, which won't work anymore, he can justify his behavior just like Iraq had weapons of mass distruction which was the biggest lie in our history. Nine more months of this madness will put Bush in a classification as a war monger, oops does this mean I'm fired from my job as chief critic of the Republican campaign.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  73. John

    He doesn't seem to be able to get anything else right, either, so I don't know why he would start now. What I'd like to know is if he has any actual brainwave activity inside his swollen head.
    Three Rivers, MI

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  74. Tom Huntington,NY

    Question: How can you tell if Bush is lying?

    Answer: His lips are moving

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  75. Charles Liken, Lansing, MI

    Didn't he say the same thing about Sadaam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction. When he was caught in a lie about Sadaam trying to buy nuclear weapons he had a CIA agent outed and after he let Scooter fall on his sword Bush pardoned him. Bush and McCain lie to conceal their ignorance. Remember the Keating five? McCain has a lo;t of practice.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  76. Mischelle from Illinois

    Bush is an idiot! He is so out of touch. God willing, McCain will recover from his appearent alzheimers and be able to better represent his party. I really like John McCain, I hope he does well in the Fall. It won't be too hard for him to score high in the public opinion polls if he can distance himself from Bush, FAR AWAY FROM BUSH!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  77. Roy Munroe

    This one is so darn simple. Bush has two personal issues that he has to deal with on a daily bases. One, he has a medical condition called "Foot and Mouth" deceit and Two, he is a legend in his own mind. At this point who cares what he says. Enough said.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  78. Jed in Texas

    Im ready to vote for Forrest Gump Jack.He was honest and not nearly as Fictional.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  79. Terry from North Carolina

    Lets not dwell on what George Bush says or doesnt say, we have about 304 more days to suffer through this nightmare. Lets hope he doesnt do some serious damage. Hopefully the media will focus on the positive if there is any.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  80. dan in mass

    Why did he say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when experts were saying otherwise? We may want to consider, after the last eight years, of doing away with the office of president. This Bush's presidency will one day be marked 4000 dead soldiers, the collapse of the market, millions in foreclosure. Should criminal charges be filed?

    March 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  81. ellen smith

    sorry on my "stupid" comment I did not include my
    name and state–here it is, ellen in Arkansas

    March 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  82. Pete, Fla.

    I think he's just eager to bomb something in the final days of his presidency. In corny pun language: "He want's to go out with a 'bang!"

    March 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  83. Juice-Canyon Lake

    Because he and John McCain want another war and a war with Iran would so inflame the Muslum world that it would have severe reprecusions for th U.S. Folks had better wake up because a McCain in the white house is just another Bush administration in an old man's suit.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  84. Tucker, Toronto Canada

    The answer is simple, he's insane. I think the U.S. and Iran should switch President's until November and see if the world would even notice.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  85. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    I'm sure the president had that "don't confuse me with the facts" look on his face that we've all come to know so well. You know the one Jack It's the same look Howdy Doody got when the puppet master put his hand in there to make the dummy talk.....wait for it........wait for it......has anyone seen Dick Cheney's hands lately? bush said it because the neo-cons will do anything to keep the enemies of Israel shooting at each other instead of shooting at Israel. They see this as another opportunity to foment shia vs sunni hatred and keep the bullets flying between the two.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  86. Bill in Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, I honestly don't know. When this man gets his annual physical does that include checking his head? There's just got to be something wrong with this man. That is the only answer that I can come up with. I am not trying to be funny or a wise guy. I am serious! He can't be right in the head. The Congress should impeach him so he can get some help.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  87. Jim

    Jack, he did tell the truth. What you fail to understand is the Bush definition of truth: Whatever, at the time of speaking, is best for Bush IS TRUE. He has been very consistent about this from the very first – when running for office in 1999 he said he was not the smartest candidate so we should not expect too much. Always truthful.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  88. J. Onofre - CA

    Bush didn't care who really hit us on 9/11 and went to Iraq.
    Bush didn't care about us slipping into a recession.
    Bush didn't care about the gas hitting over $4 a gallon.
    Bush didn't care for the peace loving Tibetans who are mad at China.
    Bush doesn't care if Iran doesn't have a nuke.

    Bush is simply out of touch with reality and with the troubles the world is in. Bush couldn't care any less for the common man losing his home, so I'm not surprised he couldn't care anymore for the rest of the world's issues.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  89. David from Ft. Myers,FL

    Jack, I think the bigger question is, will the American people go along
    with another invasion of a soverign country when the first one was ill-advised, ill-planned and illegal?

    March 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  90. Alex F. Banner, IL


    He is saying this because somehow, he still believes that the American People will listen to and trust his every move. This is a president who is so far out of touch with his party, his nation and his planet that I don't even think he knows what is really going on. Ever since he sat there in that kindergarten classroom like a bump on a log on 9/11/01, he has been the biggest bumbling idiot on the face of the earth!!! Bottome line, he is saying this because he is making the case for a U.S. entanglement in Iran in the future and McCain is his little puppet in this. It is pretty apparent that neither of them know what they are talking about!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  91. Annie, Atlanta

    Bush & Co. have always had their own agenda. My fear is they won't be happy until they start a war with Iran as a going away present to the American people, the final thumbing of the nose so to speak. I just hope the next president has the guts to put them all away where they belong.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  92. Ralph from NY

    Jack, Bush has made war wherever he wants by using scare tactics. Considering the "expert" opinions which brought is into the quagmire in Iraq, as well as the concern of real allies such as Israel, perhaps there is a greater danger from Iran than you would like us to believe.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  93. D

    President Bush has lied so much at this point what’s the point in stopping now. We are already fighting two wars why not try for a third.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  94. DPreston

    Pres. Bush is a war criminal and represents nothing that our founding father stood for. He is a puppet of the multi-nationals and a front man for people like Cheney who care nothing for the will of the people.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  95. carol luebbert

    It's just another scare tatic of Mr. Bush's. Who believes anything he says anymore. Not to many I would guess. His last term is over and we'll be rid of him and soon forgotten I hope.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  96. Elissa

    He's a man who is proud that he was a C student. He obviously didn't pay attention in school, why would he pay attention to intelligence reports. I don't know about you, but I want my president to be smarter than me....

    March 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |


    March 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  98. Richard in Denver

    Because when they lie, even though it is obvious they are lying, there are a certain number of Americans who believe them. I find it to be the fault of those who follow blindly, and let them put us in a situation like we have currently in Iraq. Until many Americans drag themselves away from in front of the tv. watching sports and other entertainment and listen to what politicians are really saying, there is no hope. Right now they can say anything they want and get by with it. The entire Bush administration should have been impeached five and a half years ago when they were obviously lying about Uraq and WMD. Impeachment should be automatic when an administration obviously lies to advance their agenda.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  99. Kathy/ GA

    It is evident that Bush likes the taste of toes because he keeps his foot in his mouth. For someone who is against affirmative action, he has benefitted the most. This is the only country where someone with the I.Q. of an ameba. I guess he has run out of dance steps, is bored, and says there is a country called Iran. Let's go in there so I can show off my Mission Accomplished pose just one time before I leave office.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  100. JL in California

    1-20-09... I just hope we can make it that long.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  101. Richard Davis Portland Ore

    Well since when does he want facts and logic to get in the way of his rhetoric!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  102. frank

    Why doesn't the American people to whom the President reports take an early retirement and pay him for his remaining months with no obligation to show up. We would all be better off.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  103. roger dowdle

    bush has the delusion that he can prove his manhood by sacrificing the lives of american troops to cover the fact that during vietnam he chose to hide in the national guard, and when it seemed as if he might actually have to go, he gave up his flight status. He has no hesitation re lying to get what he wants. As far as ignoring intelligence reports- by definition, he would not know what intelligence is. Much like Clinton who ignored intel. reports before voting to authorize bushes folly in iraq. She claims that if she knew then what she knows now, she wouldn't have voted for it-but she went ahead and made the same vote on Iran!! You can't believe a word she says.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  104. steve o barstow ca

    Jack why do give that loser airtime?

    March 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  105. Paul

    Jack, what are those conservative radio talk show clowns saying about this? Oh yeah, they are still playing those Wright videos over and over for the third straight week and ignoring this news along with FOX who will likely not report this story at all. Now that's FAIR and BALANCED!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  106. Jay Wayne ,,, Escazu, Costa Rica

    Iran is on another Continent. George Bush is on another Planet. Maybe his wife Laura should explain things to him.

    Jay Wayne
    Escazu, Costa Rica

    March 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  107. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    Jack, he is clairvoyant and his anticedents are proof of this. Where there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or did the Iraqi's import Uranium from Niger. This is the danger we face when we elect people with too much 'experience' because they will always trust their judgement in total disregard of informed opinion. I just hope this is not a deliberate ploy for another insensible logjam. Thank God there is only 9 months of this go-it-alone foreign policy to contend with. Jack, is it possible that presidents too hallucinate?

    March 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  108. rosanne cohn

    because the man's an idiot!!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  109. George Wilson

    Surely he would tell us a lie...Oh my !!!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  110. Roslynd

    So typical of Bush. I cringe when he gets to the michrophone and wonder why so many Americans voted for him and the 'So, I can not get distracted by public opinion' Cheney. Yikes!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  111. David Bakody


    President Bush has been looking for a fall guy for his Iraqi woe's rather than admit he has been responsible for the biggest blunder since that other George pulled on horseback. Jack , the world read what Admiral Faloon knows: should America decide to attack Iran they would quickly loose one and perhaps two Aircraft Carries, as Iran has almost 1,000 little boats all with torpedoes and they have already buzzed the fleet and they will not sit back and wait for Bush and to top it off he still thinks he is dealing with Saddam....not so.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  112. james

    Please impeach this moron now! If only to shut him up. America appreciates his persistent scare-mongering about as much as his consistent spinning of the truth and glossing over real problems, ie recession, health care, environmental degradation. As an American living abroad I'm embarrassed, yet again. Shame on him. Doesn't someone proof-read his scripts? Talk about grounds for international uproar (WWIII anybody?). I'm picturing a thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters...or as it happens, probably just two (GWB and RBC). By the way, from the Iranians I've spoken to, it's never been the US that they hate/fear, it is her current foreign policy and leadership. I just hope someone can keep the wheels on 'til November.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  113. Joe C.

    Some people's bad habits include balling up dirty socks, cigarettes, or coca-cola.

    For George W. Bush it's picking fights he can't win for absolutely no reason.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  114. William Iwamoto

    If Iran dropeed a nuclear weapon on foreign soil, it will face 10,000 nuclear hits from the UNITED
    STATES. iRAN WOULD BE LEVELED, OGLITERATED. wHY WOULD iRAN DO THIS? qUITE SIMPLY, IT WOULD NOT. So why are we beating war drums? Its so stupid.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  115. Dave Duseau

    Jack my boy, that is not a question; it’s you asking us what we think of your opinion. So my answer is I disagree with your position. Iran has made it clear they want to obliterate Israel. One must then conclude that words have meaning. The want enriched uranium, they want to destroy Israel, hum, if you draw a line, and your not blind, you should come to a rational conclusion. My question to you is, what’s your plan, or is your hero Charles Lindbergh? It’s sad, but history always repeats itself. No movement has cost more innocent people their lives throughout history than the peace movement.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  116. Jorge

    Well, behind Mr Bush is a big machine formed for humans (If we can call them that,) whom profite from war. The pentagone is largest barrel pork of America (Those who earn finance campaing money from there, do not need congress earthmarks.) So preparing a war mr Bush will get for his friends billions of dollars (they got it from Irak). Like they use soldiers for kill or die, they do not wary about sin. I think after Nero, Hitler and their followers, Mr Bush and his coleges profiting from war, are the worse kind of inmoral creaturas this planet have in his wom.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  117. Joan

    Please, someone from that village in Texas that has lost it's idiot, come and get him, you will find him in Washington DC, and we don't want him.
    Joan North Carolina

    March 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  118. Alfie --- Palmdale, Cal.

    With no names attached to these so called 'experts', I would not put any stock in their opinion. Iran is a growing problem, because they ARE trying to produce nuclear weapons to destroy us. I guess maybe we should just put on the rose-colored glasses, and imagine Iran merely wants to go "green" with nuclear power. A very dangerous way to think. I salute George Bush for taking on the task of protecting this country. Since we have not been attacked on U.S. soil since he has been at the helm, I trust he knows what he is doing, as do the majority who elected him.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  119. rick, bryant pond, maine


    March 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  120. Lester

    The Iranian leadership is willing to fight to the death of its own people, including the leadership. Its pathetic that the world does not get that message.

    At least during world War II (Hitlar) and world War III (Stalin and his successors and I suppose Mao et al), the enemy's leadership wanted to live and simply kill everyone else and rule the world.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  121. Jeff Miller

    Jack, what do you think? Bush is lying. So what else is new?

    March 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  122. Melanie, Lake Wales, FL

    Well didn't he say Iraq has WMDs? It was an excuse to play war games, and now he is doing it again.... Maybe Bush should be locked into a room, with video games and let him play his own war..... without harming real people!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  123. Sonia - Texas

    Bush should be impeached on the grounds of incompetence. How embarassing. What kind of president is this? What else is one to expect from a fool but foolishness

    March 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  124. Carol Meyer

    The answer to your question-because he's uninformed. He's been uninformed from day 1 and he'll continue to be uninformed until that great day that he leaves office.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  125. jon

    To answer your question with a question, Why did President Bush say Iraq had WMD's when clearly that was not the case. He is nothing but a war hawk.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  126. Ron Russell from SF

    Jack, after 7+ years of this crap, haven't you learned that the man lies like a rug? It's what he does and since Congress is too gutless to impeach him for any of the lies (amongst other crimes), we have to put up with it till 1/21/09.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  127. annie

    Why?--why it's deja vu all over again!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  128. Nancy Smith

    Because it worked last time - with Iraq. He still doesn't get it that WE have finally gotten it and that this time we won't buy his latest rush to war.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  129. David B Freeman

    Why would President Bush say Iran has declared it wants “to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people” when his own experts say that’s not the case?

    It's sad to sad but true ... we elected an idiot ... TWICE!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  130. Gary In CT

    Because 'Dubya' always has been and always will be a total idiot.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  131. Rebecca

    Stupid is as stupid does.


    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  132. Dee florida

    Because he is a twit that wants another shock and awe, can't he go to Crawford now?????

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  133. Beth

    to an easy question, you get an easy answer: He's delusional and has been for years!

    alameda, CA

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  134. Ray

    It's simple Jack. This is how the Bush's start wars.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  135. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    For the same reason he kept saying that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The more he says it, the more he thinks people will believe it and he'll get to invade Iran before his term as Resident Idiot expires. Bush has no one iota of an idea about anything. He thinks that he's the greatest thing for the US since sliced bread when in truth, he's the worst thing that has ever happened to this country. He doesn't listen to anybody because he's the "decider" and he knows better than anyone else what's "good for America" even though he has been a total failure at everything he has attempted in his miserable life. The problem with his current miserable failure is that he's taking the citizens of the United States down the tubes and he'll just walk away next January and won't care.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  136. Taylor (Fort Wayne, IN)

    Because he's lying. He lied about Iraq and its supposed weapons programs to help his oil buddies, so we can easily assume the same about Iran.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  137. Tory from Huron OH

    The real question is, "Why would anyone believe anything that president Bush says?"

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  138. Jason

    It's typical Republican policy: Say things that aren't true or smudge the facts to scare people into whatever you want to push. The GOP's problem is that Bush just isn't very good at it.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  139. Strawberry

    It means, Jack, that somebody forgot to slip Bush his meds this morning.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  140. Paul Wolff

    Did he say Nuclear or Nucular? One is a bomb, one is an idiot.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  141. Jim Fields

    Uhhhh Jack... he never checked the freshness date on that beer he had in the back of his pick-up truck in Crawford with Cheney and crew?

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  142. Justin

    To simply put it Jack, because the president is daft.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  143. Travis from Morehead,KY

    Well Jack, For the same reasons we are in IRAQ now..He Didn't have any information that there were WMD's either, but he likes to play GI Bush and apparently he likes to use our Military as toy figurines because he has done NOTHING since he has been in Office but destroy our good name as Americans and put all of us in a recession, I think he talks to the voices in his puny little head. Whomever the next President is, they will have a HUGE MESS to clean up, I would not want that job...When Bush is out of office, the whole world will have a collective SIGH of relief.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  144. Drew in Arlington, Tx

    Hello ???

    This is Bush we're talking about right ?!

    What does truth have to do with anything ??!!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  145. Charles Belt

    Could it be that Iran is the world's third largest as far as oil goes? Nah, it couldn't be that.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  146. Sara, Houston

    Well, we're missing our Idiot down here in Texas...

    We Texans apologize for the "leader" that has come from our state...

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  147. Ari

    This is the same crap Bush pulled before we invaded Iraq. He's going to try and manipulate the American public with fear tactics into gaining support to invade Iran. I truly hope the American public has learned over the last 5 years that we cannot trust Bush with anything he says anymore – especially dealing with foreign issues.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  148. Pete

    Like Forrest Gump says "stupid is as stupid does" go figure

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  149. James

    The intelligence community was wrong when it came to Iraq, so I guess that President Bush has decided that they are wrong about Iran too.

    new York

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  150. jim/canada

    who left the monkey cage unlocked and let him run the white house

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  151. Paul Wolff

    Did he say Nuclear or Nucular? One is a bomb, one is an idiot.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  152. don williams

    it's pretty elemental,jack.this power hungry president,and i use the word "president" loosly, wants to go to war with iran before he leaves office. or any other country. i don't think it would matter to him. now, i have a question: why hasn't this man been impeached?? ten more monthes of him. god help us...

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  153. David

    Two reasons: First, because he is an idiot. Second, because I am convinced he would like to go to war with Iran before the end of his term. Hopefully the Congress can keep him at bay and prevent him from going off half cocked until the next President takes office.

    Paducah, Kentucky

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  154. Reid from Santa Cruz, California

    Dear Jack, President Bush is trying to instigate an illegitimate war with Iran just like he did with Iraq. Just like he knew the American people wouldn't invade Iraq without lies about WMDs, he knows the American people won't invade Iran, a nation that has done nothing to them, unless they feel threatened by something such as a nuclear attack.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  155. Stephen Bleeds

    Being from Texas my wife and I ask each other daily how the American people could possibly have elected Shrub not once but twice. The conclusion we came to is this....sometimes americans are bowled over by primitive men...the ones who make up any story necessary to accomplish their purpose. In the case of Bush ...his lips are moving...therefore....Stephen

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  156. Myron G.


    What is an idiot for $100

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  157. Gary Smith

    Calling this President an idiot is an insult to idiots!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  158. LKK

    Arrogance, our president is so full of ego that he doesn't function well.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  159. Rick Marciniak


    Harvard and Yale are both asking the same question and are reviewing their criteria for metriculation.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  160. AG

    What can you expect from a president with an IQ of 10!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  161. Ed

    The President is a war monger just like McCain... They want their mark in history to be just plain WAR. How come we are expending billions in a war that is not getting us anything when our economy at home is suffering?

    March 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  162. Mike

    He's building the case for McCain to take America into another ill advised war. The first step was the Straight of Hormuz incident. The second I saw that there was a naval incident with Iran (the validity of which is question), I immediately thought of the Gulf of Tonkin affair. It starts.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  163. Mary

    President Bush is just continuing to play every "fear" card he can think of to try to keep the American public away from the truth. He can only "win" for the Republicans if there is enough fear generated. He doesn't remember the American people are strong and can stand firm against outside forces if presented the truth. As President FDR said "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself" and it is the trump card GWB has been using ever since September 11, 2001.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  164. Matt

    In 2002, Bush said he wanted to be a "Wartime President". With the war in Iraq moving out of the public eye, he just can't help himself.

    O'Fallon MO

    March 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  165. James of Goodlettsville, TN

    President Bush just wants to get one more war started, before he leaves office. This is a President that who's only legacy will be, "that he was a kick a** president." There will be no mention of his social, economic or world leadership. There will be no mention of any good deeds he will have done. This is sad, very sad!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  166. Joan Schneider

    Joan from River Falls, WI
    Why Jack,
    Because he wants a war with Iran using false information. Sound familair to you?

    Keep up the great work, Jack! You are the highlight of my day!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  167. mick

    the only reason our so called president would say such a thing is for the same reason his administration is such a joke...he is completely out of touch with reality ... thank god this long national nightmare we call the bush presidency will soon be over

    March 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  168. MC in GA

    It would be Iraq part 2. He'll let then U.N. go in again and then pull them before inspections are complete, then go to war. The current war is a mistake, no matter what critics say. The part that puzzles me the most is why Bush hasn't learned from his mistakes and is making the taxpayer suffer for the mistakes he is repeatedly making. I wonder how much "experience" he has and how he'd handle the notorious "3am phone call". i didn't know there was a handbook for the job of the Presidency.

    Obama 08'

    March 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  169. Stan

    He probably said that because he is in denial,just like he is in denial about the resession in the U.S. In fact, I think he is sharing the same house with Alice in Wonderland.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  170. Neil

    From Nevada

    FDR once said "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." He forgot to include fear mongers in positions of power. Bush's bootstrapping justifications for the war in Iraq, alienation of the entire world, and, as you asked, unfounded accusations against Iran, are all designed to distract us from our real problem, namely, the complete lack of leadership in our white house.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  171. Gerald

    We all remember what the CIA people announced, but European experts have since contradicted it when they found new evidence that Iran really does work on an atom bomb. Perhaps the CIA should be asked to provide an up-todate statement on these more recent findings.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  172. Nima

    President Bush wants to attack IRAN for # 1 "OIL!" IRAN has a long history of being the greatest empire on earth. In fact Cyrus the great (Ref Bible) freed the Jews in Babelon 2500 BC. Persia or IRAN the Land of the Aryans (Named after Reza Shah the First) is a country that the people embrace the US.

    #2 They are Islamic and Bush is a right wing Christian that believes in order for Christianity to flourish, he needs to insult the Sheias and not the Saudi's who are Sunni.

    #3 If Iran was to get attacked, they learned very well from the last war Iran/Iraq how to defend its self. They recieve assistance for other countries. President Bush should open diplomatic relationships by inviting Iranian Journalists to the US. They will be the communicators to uprise against the Ayatollahs and install Reza Shah's son as prime minster.

    In a nutshell its time the US steps up their act and communicates to the Islamic Republic. The time for bullying other countries is long gone. Plus Iran is so strong militarily that if a war was to break out it would be a joke because US troops are streached thin, and if the US uses air strikes, the Iran will retaliate against Israel and by then World War III has just started.


    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  173. Lynn from Miami

    I will put it succintly, because "He has no clue about Foreign Nations or Foreign Policy." This was the same man who sold us out to Putin, and now China. When will we learn not to confuse our religion with politics, when choosing our leaders.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  174. Mike Bulmer

    Because nukular and nuclear and clearly two different things to the President.

    – Mike from Atlanta, GA

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  175. sam madino

    Our president suffers from a strong case of ADD and geopolitical handicap. He shifted focus from Afghanistan to Iraq and claimed it had nuclear weapons. Now he is shifting to Iran without finishing Iraq and again with fantastical arguments and data. I think we have a mad man at our hands. I can only pray that God bless America for the next 9 months.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  176. Robert

    It sure apears that bush is trying to set up the U.S. for a war with Iran and then invoke marshall law

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  177. Sesh Ramasharma

    How sad we have a war mongering leader who has lost touch with reality in all sense – Domestic Economy as well as Foreign Policy. Evidence is strong that the State Department under this presidency has been the weakest one we have had in our history! After taking this country down the rat hole of spending, he keeps harping for a fight for the wrong / disingeneous reasons. Senator McCain is not helping either. Time for a change, else we will fall like the Roman Empire!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  178. Kristopher

    Hey Jack, not that I actually think my comment will get any play.

    This is intentional. McCain repeated himself several times connecting Iran with al qaeda. Admiral Fallon resigns into the night with minimal "round table" discussion and now Bush is waving his cowboy hat again. With 6% of American paying attention to the news to catch up on the war(cnn poll) it tells me one thing. Bush is running out of time and the war with Iran is only a matter of time. You the people and only the people can stop this. Please, the world begs you. IMPEACH NOW!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  179. thomas, houston

    do the words "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa ." ring a bell? those 16 words helped convince us to go to war with iraq. now president bush needs to pull the same stunt to convince us into war with iran. He's trying to do anything to secure his legacy and fatten the pockets of his corporate cronies

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  180. K. M. Schon

    Seems to me the same rhetoric was used to justify the Iraq invasion. It's deja vu all over again.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  181. Valery

    Sure sounds like pre-Iraq war soundbites if you ask me....

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  182. Angela

    Obviously, the stage is being set for the next confrontation. Please democrats, let's get it together or we may find " more WMD's" in Iran that don't exist.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  183. Mary - PA

    Gee, I don't know, why would he say there were wepons of mass destruction in Iraq when there weren't any?

    March 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  184. Ron

    In response to your comments about Bush and Iran nuclear weapons.

    Bush also said that there were WMD in Iraq, which also wasn't supported by the CIA. After the WMDs were not found, then he
    changed the story to "We had to free the people of Iraq from Hussein".
    And now the final story is that we have to fight Alcada in Iraq

    March 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  185. Chris John

    Oh boy not another one! Please stop with the President Bush comments I can’t take them any more he is an embarrassment to our nation …I wish I had a time machine to fast-forward to Feb 2009 when the Dems will be in White House and we will see finally real change in our government…. these Republicans are driving our country to shame!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  186. George

    Can we say "REPEAT", will the American people believe the President or the information? Who can stop this man from further ruining our image.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  187. Thomas

    Jack, just because Iran has stopped PARTS of its nuclear program does not at all mean that it does not have the intention of restarting it, or obtaining nukes from other sources. The aspect of President Bush's statements that I disagree with is the notion that the actions of a country's leadership accurately reflect the desires of its people. (sound familiar??) Most Iranians are concerned with nothing more than paying the bills, just like the rest of us.

    Marina, CA

    March 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  188. Robert J. Coulombe

    The reason is that he wants to go to war with Iran. This would sinch his continuing presidency as a war time president. He a lunatic and a mad man he is the worse kind of human being . He will have good company in hell with Hitler and the rest of his kind. Bob Auburn Maine

    March 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  189. Joseph Kinsella

    Only 10 months until GW is out of office. It is to bad because he might decide to start another war before he leaves office.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  190. Ari in Minneapolis

    This is the same crap Bush pulled before we invaded Iraq. He’s going to try and manipulate the American public with fear tactics into gaining support to invade Iran. I truly hope the American public has learned over the last 5 years that we cannot trust Bush with anything he says anymore – especially dealing with foreign issues.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  191. Ryan Felder Philadelphia, MS

    Unfortunately, That's the only thing he thinks a nuclear program is good for.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  192. Dan in Colorado

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Well, GW Bush reeks of fear ... it's what his presidency has survived on for nearly eight years. It's all he has, it's he knows, it's all he wants us to believe in. Some legacy.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  193. gREG mANNAKIS

    Why is President Bush telling us things about Iran that are not true even according to his own experts?
    Gosh Jack !
    I don't ever recall President Bush knowing what the truth really is let alone telling it to the American people...!!
    The tragic part is that senator McCain is just as confused as he is and November just around the corner...!
    God help us !!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  194. John

    Simple Jack, the Boy Prince wants more room in the sand box for himself, and his oil buddies, and will say anything in an effort to convince the American people to allow him start a war. The only problem is that most, of us have grown wise to his tricks. He figures if he yells terrorist, or axis of evil, he'll sound smart. As for why he doesn't listen to his advisers on the nuclear situation, he thinks he is smarter than everyone. He thinks he knows everything, like when he said he doesn't listen to polls, he does what he thinks is best. Maybe he should stop thinking.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  195. Sean Mason

    After 8 years as President, if nothing else it should be clear to the American people that George W. Bush is not concerned with nor does he recognize the opinions of his advisors when they are contrary to his beliefs. The claim that Iran is in possession or pursuit of nuclear weapons is a lie. A lie, just like the lie that was told to the American people and the world 5 years ago about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and ties to Al-Qaeda. Let me introduce you to this administrations sacrificial lamb named Truth and her sister Trustworthy.

    The sad fact of the matter is George W. Bush has nothing to lose. Regardless of what he does during his final months in office, he most certainly will go down in history as the worst President the United States has ever had to endure. So why not go out with a bang!? Bush is not concerned with the accuracy of his claims nor the information upon which they are based. He is only interested in believing and doing what he wants, whenever he wants it at the expense of the United States and it's people.

    Sean Mason – Chicago, Illinois

    March 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  196. Jerry

    Jack , Our so called President, wants to drive the prices of oil up to the highest possible rate before he leaves office so he can fill the next generations of Bushes pockets . So they inturn can do the same thing years from now. Its called WARTIME PROFITEERING WHICH IS ILLEGAL. And then there is congress just letting him do it.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  197. Kim in Islesboro, Maine

    Dick Cheney doesn't care what the voters think; W doesn't care what the experts think. Lying has served them well for the past 7 years in hoodwinking the public so why stop now?! No sense letting a little thing like the truth or the facts get in the way of another perfectly bad war, Jack.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  198. Paul Doby

    Should read "Did I say Iran has WMD?

    March 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  199. grannie

    Why would he say such a thing? Why not? He hasn't and won't be held accountable for anything he and his administration has done.

    It is no doubt another attempt to scare the 'sheep' into voting for the candidate most likely to go to war against yet another country.

    A war that would continue to make those who have profited from war even richer, while further driving The United States toward third world status as it relates to education, healthcare, and employment.

    And as the masses get poorer, people get more desperate, why don't we go ahead and remove our right to defend ourselves, or rise up against opposing powers? Or perhaps, our government recognizes just how close we really are to a civil action of our own? Atta Bush.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  200. John

    I heard the advice many times, "Open your mouth and let people know your stupidity." Well now we know even more about the President. The only other thing that can rival that stupidity is the way the Democrats are throwing away the election by their third grade antics. I am already considering not voting in the coming election.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  201. Alice

    I guess his intelligence community, including the CIA and State Department, have stopped using false information to support his determinations and opinions. Glory be!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  202. Pat

    Please do not underestimate the schrewd political leaders of Iran. Last weeks election demonstrate how they stay in control by eliminating any opposition candidates. Many in Iran are apathetic. And don't be naive about giving an olive branch to this regime, as Senator Obama wants to do. What happens when Iran's leader storms out of such a meeting insulting Mr. Obama? What happens then?
    Read The Economist please!

    Montreal, Quebec Canada

    March 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  203. Nancy Tally

    Bush is a serial lier, his administration lied 935 times from 9/11 to 2003, (when the illegal invasion started in Iraq) one million killed in Iraq, its a genocide,, please America wake up???
    Iran is not a threat, the terrorist our in Washington,,,,,,,,, WAKE UP you sheep.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  204. David Bakody

    Second post, Jack your words couched in the bare bones truth about how your president has destroyed America's fine image around the world says it all. Thanks you CNN for this honest man, now give him a good raise and few more days off.

    Dartmouth NS

    March 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  205. Aaron

    The Bush comments on Iran are easily understood actually. The comments base from an ideology that is the same as the one that led us into Iraq. It stems from the neo-con agenda to maintain global superiority through control of natural resources and control of geography. They believe that ultimate control of natural resources would allow them to have an economic foothold on the countries of Asia, like China. It is a deeply troubled agenda that led us to launch the first preemptive attack on an innocent nation in our history. If the neo-cons have their way we will be fighting a war in Iran as well. This kind of mindset has created a lifetime voter out of me, in which I vow to fight for the USA that we had for over 200 years prior to the worst president in the history of the USA. Bush should realistically be impeached along with Cheney, and dozens of the henchmen should be imprisoned.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  206. Brad

    Jack - I think I can clear this up. The Intelligence Estimate addressed nuclear weapons. George Dubya said the Iranians "want NUKE-YUH-LUR weapons" , which I assume is a whole different animal. For all we know, maybe the Iranians ARE pursuing NUKE-YUH-LUR weapons. Maybe ole Dubya is smarter than he looks and is really on to something here...

    Francestown, New Hampshire

    March 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  207. Matt (Minneapolis)

    We continue to look for more obscure rationals for Bush'isms (a large pot full of embarrassing words of "wisdom" akin to the goofs people most remember Yogi Berra for), but perhaps the more correct interpretation is to remember that our President was a weak student, an alcoholic (how come nobody ever asks whether he attends weekly AA meetings? Should he be doing that?), and is likely just not a bright man. His is a world without timely distinctions between Sunni's and Shiites, a world of intelligent design, and a world where there is right and wrong and he knows what is right – making everyone else in the world wrong, and where he wonders why the world has dug trenches to defend itself from his righteous vision. Bush is not complex. Unfortunately the world is.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  208. ERNIE

    Jack, Don't be surprised if the Democrats win the White House Bush will defy everyone and drop the bomb on Iran before he leaves office.

    Reno Nevada

    March 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  209. Andrew Kansas City

    Bush is not stupid, he is just an out of touch ignorant idiot. He vocalizes time and time again it doesn't matter what the facts are becuase he has made up his mind and it fits his and his cronies' strategy. Both parties do this. They then have to sell it to us (who the politicians think are idiots). Iran is full of moderate, Western-educated persons who want to reform their goverment just as much as we do ours. They unfortunately got some religious zealots elected into power during the last election – gee sounds like what happened here in the US. Keeping

    March 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  210. Josh

    Iran may say that they never wanted a weapon, but of course they wouldn't admit that. HItler wasn't shouting to the world that he was exterminating the Jews but he was. The President of Iran said that he wants to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. He wants to bring about the Islamic Appocalypse and essentially eliminate anyone who stands in his way (including the US). I'm glad that George Bush is standing up for his country. I salute him for trying to prevent an attack before it happens.

    Josh-Niagara Falls, NY

    March 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  211. Bill in S. TX

    Mr. Cheney has not been successful in asking the Saudis to increase oil production. So Mr. Bush may feel it is necessary to neutralize Iran to assure we continue to control southern Iraqi oil fields. Iran and Iraq share a common border in south Iraq. If we control Iran and its' oil, our attack and occupation of Iraq will be assured to give us control of the rich Iraqi oil fields. Having control of Iran is so much more insurance. Mr. Bush may fear the Mr. McCain will not be elected in November so it falls to him to assure our access to mid-east oil although Mr. McCain has said the U. S. will be in Iraq for a very long time – maybe 100 years.
    We the public supported and many still support the idea that there were atomic weapons in Iraq why would we doubt the Iran fantasy now?

    March 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  212. Leevaughn Brown

    The problem is not Bush's foot-in-the-mouth disease. Jack the problem is all those who will believe anything he says.

    There are a lot of Americans who support this administration. The problem with them is that they think bombing people in other countries they don't like is cool.

    We must try to reach out to these people and try to change their minds, we need them to know that we are serious about change. We can't stand four more years of this.

    War mongering is so 1940, and Rambo was just a movie.
    Adult Americans it is way past time for us to take our country back.
    Cinti, Ohio

    March 21, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  213. JP

    Are we really surprised the man who said Iraq had WMD's is completly wrong about Iran's nuclear ambitions?

    March 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  214. Tim

    Dear Jack,

    The reason George Bush is giving statements contrary to his intellegence information is very simple. He's a Liar! I don't see how anybody at this point could honestly believe anything that he says. The man has been lying from the very begining. The sad things is that he isn't even good at lying, proving the old line " just because you have money doesn't mean you have brains".

    March 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  215. Jane

    I just read a bunch of the comments before mine, and it is SHOCKING that anyone could still support Dubya in his swaggering.
    Alfie – the fact that there have no new attacks on American soil is a lucky circumstance that Bush will twist into an accomplishment.
    Dave -are you sane? The peace movement kills people?
    If anyone doubts what it is that Bush/Cheney planned to accomplish during his presidency, go check out "The New American Century".
    Genocide, anyone?
    I can only pray that 9 months is NOT enough time to ruin what's left of this democracy.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  216. Ed Wagner

    Mr Bush knows that he has little time to finally once and for all prove to both the American people and the World that that he is both right and relevant. He is in desperation mode and needs this conflict with Iran.

    Well, Mr. Bush, you were wrong about WMD in Iraq; you were wrong about Iraq training Al Qaeda, and you were wrong about this war/occupation of Iraq. You are wrong when ever you open your mouth about what's in our best interest in that area of the world.

    Do you suppose that once you finally save your ego by being right just one time you'll go back to Texas and let the rest of us get back to claiming our Republic back from the likes of you and your cronies?

    Unlike your prediction for the war, Mr President, the task won't be easy. Like the massive debt you've built, generations of American people will be paying the price of your arrogance for years and years to come.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  217. Sharon

    President Bush hasn't let facts get in the way of fear-mongering and saber-rattling up to this point. Why would he start now?

    March 21, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  218. Lloyd Roberts

    Our President is terrorizing the Iranian people not just their government. . He is lying again. He is fear mongering. George insults the intelligence of everyone in America by his extremist words and policies. The only person he may not be insulting is Dick Cheney. We all know this is Bushonian crap. And such is his legacy! If he doesn't realize this then God help us between now and January 20, 2009!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  219. Les Frazin

    If McCain can sing about bombing Iran our delusional president can prove he is man enough to do it. Watch out

    March 21, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  220. Christel, Canada

    Bush and Ahmadinejad are two of a kind. One denies intelligence reports to go to war, and the other denies the Holocaust, and they both make me sick!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  221. Laurie McBride

    Bush knew exactly what he was saying and said it anyway. Now they are making excuses for him as always. This is typical of GOP – knee jerk reactionist. The bigger question is: is he trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of defeat! This raisin brain should have been impeached when we had the chance. – no telling what he'll do before he's gone. Then we can party like it's finally the 21st century – with a black president!!!!

    Laurie McBride, San Francisco, California

    March 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  222. Sam

    One security expert? Who is it? I'll bet you whatever you can afford that Iran is trying to, and probably will, get nukes in the not to distant future. Care to take that bet? If so than you're as uninformed as you assume your viewers to be.
    Please let me know if you'd like to make a wager and if not please end the left wing bull.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  223. Linda

    Why is President Bush lying about Iran? His strategy is to keep repeating a lie over and over and over, until in people's minds it becomes the truth. In fact, the strategy has worked very well for him. It has gained him approval of a war (which has killed tens of thousands of people, both American and Iraqi, and by which I dare say he has secretly made an obscene financial profit); it has gained him an alarming consolidation of power, repealing whole sections of the Constitution he is sworn to protect; it has allowed him to ignore the Geneva Convention. The list of treasonous offenses goes on and on, all with impunity. He is lying about Iran for the same reason he lied about Iraq. He wants to invade them. He should be impeached and then tried as the war criminal he is. And NOW before he's allowed to retire with full benefits on our tax dollars!

    March 21, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  224. Helen from Maryland

    Its obvious that Bush would love to go to war against Iran. He figures that since he has troops positioned right across the border, why not.

    Problem is that his military is already stretched thin. He also lacks the leadership of his father, or the know how of Colin Powell and Norman Schwartzkopf to achieve the kind of victory that occurred in Desert Storm. That is his dilemma.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  225. Jerry / Edmonton Canada

    Jack, I think Bush is itching for another invasion to divert the attention from the massive mess he created in Iraq. He knows his days are numbered, and he wants to kill more American soldiers and countless innocent civilians. He should be impeached for his blunders and remove from the presidency so that the world can sleep without the nightmares involving of bombs and explosions. Moreover, he shouldn't be talking about a subject he couldn't even pronounce.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  226. Sinar

    Bush thinks he could bluff Iran by threatening to wage war ... he is a good poker player ... you don't bluff unless you have large chips Mr President. You should read history and learn. when Iraq and the whole world behind it waged war on Iran in the eightees, Iraq nearly lost. how could you wage a war on Iran and you are loosing in Iraq

    March 21, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  227. Lawrence

    President Bush and his upcoming predecessor McCain should know that it’s not only how you say or do things but it’s all what you have to say or do and how and when you say and do. That’s why Bush contradicts himself over the Iranian Nuclear power just like McCain on the issue of Al-Qaida in Iran. President Bush and McCain need to have profound information on issues effecting America before they react.

    March 21, 2008 at 5:49 pm |