June 11th, 2008
05:03 PM ET

Was Bush misunderstood on Iraq?

 President Bush says he regrets some of his rhetoric in lead-up to Iraq war.

President Bush says he regrets some of his rhetoric in lead-up to Iraq war.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Bush told the British newspaper The Times he regrets using phrases like "bring them on" and "wanted dead or alive" after 9/11. He says it made him seem anxious for war in the eyes of the world. The president says that in retrospect, he could have used a different tone from the cowboy rhetoric that sent the message that he wasn't a man of peace. Now he figures that out.

Mr. Bush talked about how painful it is for him to put youngsters in harm's way, but he said he doesn't regret invading Iraq. He insisted at a press conference today that removing Saddam Hussein was the right decision and made the world a safer place.

President Bush also said that Republican John McCain will have to distance himself from him. He called McCain an independent person who will make his own decisions. There does seem to be one avoidable similarity between the two, however. They both manage to put their feet in their mouths with some regularity.

This morning on NBC's "Today" show, McCain was asked, since the surge appears to be working, if he had a better estimate of when our troops might come home from Iraq. His answer: "No, but that's not too important." He went on to say casualties are more important, that there are Americans stationed all over the world but not in harm's way. My guess is it's very important to the families of the troops who are in Iraq.

Here’s my question to you: Do you think President Bush was misunderstood when it comes to the Iraq war?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Allen writes:
No, he was very clear. He said he had no regrets. He doesn't regret taking the country to war on bad intelligence, he doesn't regret killing hundreds of thousands of people, he doesn't regret the death and dismemberment of our troops, and he doesn't regret destroying a country that didn't attack us. This man sleeps well at night, because these things are not important to him.

Donna writes:
No. He and Vice President Cheney have committed war crimes and crimes against our country. There are 35 articles of impeachment introduced in the House and there has been no coverage. If he had been unfaithful to his wife, you would be covering it around the clock.

Brandon writes:
I do think that he was misunderstood. You can just tell by looking at his face while he is speaking that he feels remorseful. He did what he knew was right, and I fully respect his decision for doing so… Despite what he said, the decisions were right.

Toby from Sedona, Arizona writes:
Misunderstood? Are you kidding? I'm not sure he could have made himself clearer. He even said, once it was obvious to the world WMDs were not going to be found in Iraq, had he known that in advance, he would have made the decision to go in anyway. It was obvious to anyone with a brain that the reason for war kept changing from terrorist threat, to nuclear threat, to biological threats, to chemical threats, to freeing the oppressed, to starting a beacon of democracy in the Middle East to...whatever it is today. (What is it today?) But there was one thing that wasn't changing: we were going to war. Period.

Gary writes:
The only "misunderstanding" was that he thought that he knew what he was doing.

Filed under: President George Bush • War in Iraq
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Isaiah, Gainesville, FL

    Very much so. I think he was looking for any reason to bring up war. Do the words "No Experience" ring a bell?

    June 11, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  2. Anthony Smith

    That is some BIG misunderstanding that results in that many deaths, that amount of money, and an occupation of another country who really doesn't want us there. Then again, he and his father were never really the brightest lightbulbs in the bunch!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    June 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  3. Ed Reed

    No, he wanted that war. As he told author Mickey Herskowitz in 1999, "One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. If I have a chance to invade...if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it"

    "If I have a chance to invade..." 9/11 gave him his chance for greatness. How pathetic.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    June 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  4. Mary Johnson

    Oh! and NOW Dubbya is saying he is "misunderstood" ???? GIVE ME A BREAK !! again....He really thinks we all are stupid, doesn't he.
    sheesh... I am sorry, but NO. there is no misunderstanding re: his remarks before the war began. We all recognised the COWBOY DIPLOMACY.. now there's an OXYMORON for you....Dubbya needs to go home and put his booted feet on the porch railing and just shut up. I am not the only one royally tired of hearing his voice and being talked to like a fifth grader. Mary from Sarasota, FL

    June 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  5. Ricard McKinney, Texas

    Jack we were all treated like mushrooms. We were kept in the dark and fed crap. The sad thing is all that crap came from the top down and snowballed when it hit congress. The congress thought they knew better then all the Americans that were screaming at them NO, THIS IS STUPID TO INVADE IRAQ. The United States congress in their infinite wisdom gave the Nod for war. If anyone misunderstood it was them. It was their job to sift through the lies and fact find. They failed at that miserably and we all paid for it. Those failed politicians are still in congress. Bush was not the only Dunce in the room.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  6. Caryn, Washington DC

    Uh NO. I think that he's been trying to figure out a way to get into that country to steal oil and make his republican cronies richer. 9/11 was just the opportunity that he and his father have been waiting for. LIARS.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  7. Steve Beai

    Yeah, right. And he can also pronounce 'nuclear' correctly, he's a great President and a compassionate human being. Hmm, must be the rest of us who are wrong.

    Atchison, KS

    June 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  8. Andrew, Brier WA

    No. I think his lies were crystal clear.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  9. robert (NY-independent)

    Misunderstood – Did you mean we just can't understand him – ever.

    He has changed his position at least five times as to why we are there. He indicated the war will pay for itself which untrue monetarily and a crime in terms of the cost of human life. The man was worrying about his legacy and his dad's legacy however his legacy has been sealed as the worst President in the last 100 years.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  10. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    No. He misunderstood Iraq. It's a fundamental mistake that some democratic countries make. You assume other countries wish to have the same government you have, and that was not the case in Iraq. Sometimes the government you despise, is actually the type government they are most comfortable with. Go figure.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  11. Darlene - Philadelphia

    Was it misunderstood that he lied you mean? Look, I think we all know that this war was about giving his buddies huge contracts over there and securing oil rights. Haliburton has made billions and he just signed them on for another year. BTW Cheyney was once on the board of Haliburton.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  12. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    No, Jack. Because Bush has no idea what he is doing. There is so much chaos going on there. The Iraqis only have enough power for eight hours an day, the water is polluted and the fact we are trying to play referee in a civil war of choice that the United States should have never waged. I know Bush is an idiot since he went in there without any plan to prevent the chaos we are seeing as an result from happening.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  13. Tony From Torrington

    Not so much misunderstood, but misrepresented by the press and the opposition. Very short memories have the Democrats who during the Clinton administration, spoke of the dangers of leaving Saddam Hussein in power.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  14. Allen L Wenger

    No, he was very clear. He said he had no regrets. He doesn't regret taking the country to war on bad intelligence, he doesn't regret killing hundreds of thousands of people, he doesn't regret the death and dismemberment of our troops, and he doesn't regret destroying a country that didn't attack us. This man sleeps well at night, because these things are not important to him.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  15. Jayne in NH

    This is pathetic, Jack. Shrub is now grasping for a legacy and the White House spin machine wrongly believes it can change the history of the Iraq war. He should be grateful the Democrats have no spines and won't impeach him and leave it at that. Only 7 months and 11 days and the nightmare ends.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  16. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Yes, the world misunderstood Bush on Iraq. What the world did not understand was that Bush lied about everything about Iraq. And he's been lying about almost everything else since.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  17. james tilton

    NO! Bush Lied! about Iraq... there is no excuse for him

    June 11, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  18. Jenny

    Define misunderstood. ( I do believe that they were wmds in Iraq. They were just moved before we got to them. ) I think thtat perhaps Bush himself misunderstood the situation going in. I really do not know.

    Jenny Rome Ga

    June 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  19. Robert - Long Beach, CA

    Jack: Was it not President Bush who told us the who, what, how and why we needed to go to Iraq, even when the evidence at the time did not support the conclusions he advocated? No, this president knew exactly what he was doing, hoping beyond hope that somehow he would be vindicated by evidence that was never found. How can anyone misunderstand that.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  20. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    Jack, had the question read 'Do you think President Bush understood the Iraq war?' Hell no! "It's no longer about the economy, stupid" It's about the oil, black gold, Texas tea. I just realized who Bush reminds me of; Jed Clampett.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  21. leevaughn brown

    Hey Jack
    Yeah and I was misunderstood by my mother when I was sixteen and told her "Life just isn't fair"
    Cinti, Ohio

    June 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  22. judith Juselius,Pittsburgh,pa.

    Misunderstood??? I don't think so. He basically never attempted to explain himself to begin with ... He lied to the American people and many still take the bait that we are safer because of the war. Bush and a few others will benefit greatly because of their blind trusts bulging with oil securities, How he can sleep at night with our beautiful young American military personnel being sacrificed is beyond me. He truly is "the ugly American."

    June 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  23. Martha from Lake View, SC

    Bush has been understood only too well. It is just a shame that it took too many too long to finally have that "a-ha" experience about him.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  24. Drew, Central FL

    Only the 28% or so that think he's doing a good job in the WH have misunderstood. Everybody else, sees him for who and what is.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  25. Jan, Asotin, Wa.

    I think everyone understood loud and clear. Only now, since starting to think of his legacy, has he been concerned what anyone thinks. Too little too late.....

    June 11, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  26. Frank From Selwyn

    Well Jack remember when McCain forgot he wasn't supposed tell about the invasion of Iraq being all about oil and then when questioned had to state he was referring to the Gulf war which everyone knows was caused by the invasion of Kuwait with nothing to do with oil.

    It's obvious anyone who thinks the invasion of Iraq was for any other purpose then Bush might just be misunderstood.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  27. Dan, Chantilly Va

    I still have no clue why we really went into Iraq, so in that respect, yes, he's misunderstood.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  28. Ryan, Champaign IL

    The Bush Administration has allowed corporations to write our energy policy, allowed them to profiteer off the lives of our brave soldiers, rattled up the price of oil after suggesting war would lower prices, and is now negotiating to keep us in iraq permanently. No misunderstanding here, Jack. Everything is crystal clear.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  29. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    As John McEnroe would say, "You CAN'T be serious!" Bush misunderstood about the Iraq war? Please! He is a reckless, clueless cowboy who along with his administration was hellbent on invading Iraq. I guarantee you historians won't be swayed by his completely revisionist statements. No matter what he says in the 223 days (thank God!) remaining in his presidency, he will go down in histroy as one of the worst presidents we have ever had, and deservedly so.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  30. Marjorie

    No Jack....He lied.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  31. Jim Cape Coral, FL

    Why not! I haven't understood a damn thing he's done in office over the last 7 1/2 years. Maybe thats because I can't understand stealing billions from the American taxpayer to ensure Halliburton's fianancial future. And I just can't seem to grasp how invading another country, without reason, helps to ensure the security of 300 million Americans. I wouldn't worry if I were you Jack, he understands himself and thats whats important.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  32. Harry

    I am not sure if I misunderstood him, but I have learned beyond reasonable doubt, to not "misunderestimate" him.


    June 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  33. Jesse

    Hi Jack,

    I think that Bush didn't even understand him self as to why they were going to war with Iraq.

    Just imagine 1 TRILLION dollars being spent on roads, schools hospitals or even paying down the debt?

    Seattle Wa

    June 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  34. Annick, MD

    Yeah, right
    Your nose would be 1 mile long on a Pinocchio test

    June 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  35. Dave from Veazie, ME


    I think that President Bush is realizing that his legacy is going to be a pointless war, a horrible economy, and the destruction of the republican brand for years to come, so he's now trying to re-frame himself in the eyes of history. What he needs to realize, however, is that the families of the over 4000 soldiers who have died, the countless thousands that have been horribly wounded, and the over one million American families whose homes are now in foreclosure are not going to forgive and forget so easily. I guess he's just "misunderestimated" that.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  36. keninseattle

    The real question should be, given the vast number of reasons Bush has given for invading Iraq, is it remotely possible to understand why he did it. The only reason he hasn't given, and the one that is closest to the truth, is to give Bush and Chaney's friends at Big Oil control over Iraq's oil which they never would have had otherwise. The rest of his reasons are pure horse manure. By the way, having Bush out of office will do much more to make the world safer that removing Saddam Hussein did!

    June 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  37. Karen, Idaho Falls Idaho

    Hi Jack,

    Misunderstood–not at all. His words reflected his "cowboy" bravado and his desire to impress and appear self-important. Small, ineffective people use bragging as a tool to bolster their own egos and I guess it worked as he was elected twice.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  38. Howard M, Bolingbrook IL

    No, Bush is not misunderstood as it relates to his position and actions leading up to the war in Iraq. Geo. W. is a chicken hawk and war monger.
    In addition, Bush was actually trying to win oil fields, with war, for the benefit of the US and British oil industries, but as usual his plan went awry.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  39. Jason Walters

    Absolutely not! He lied about the WMD's in Iraq and embarked on a massive propaganda campaign to deceive the American people. He should be impeached!!

    June 11, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  40. Jerry from Fayetteville, TN

    Bush is a Texas redneck – he meant everything he said and he wasn't misunderstood. I'm sure he sees that as detrimental to his legacy, and he's morphed from a Texas redneck into a Washington politician, so now he expresses regret. November is going to be a very chilly month for the Republicans.

    June 11, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  41. Fish - Minnesota

    THERE IS NO MISUNDERSTANDING. Please watch Michael Moor's "Fahrenheit 9/11" again; you'll find the answer in clear terms. I think Bush must confess to the public for the loss of lives and wasted money on the war which has made us more vulnurable even after 7 years.

    June 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  42. Pam in West Tisbury

    Of course he wasn't misunderstood. He's a pathological liar and criminal who wanted all his buddies to get on the gravy train that the war in Iraq has created. Good grief, at least $64 BILLION has been lost in the shuffle over there. Sure it has.

    June 11, 2008 at 3:56 pm |

    no, not misunderstood at at all. stupid would be closer. iraq is a disaster just like his presidency. can't someone lock him in a closet until after the election so he doesn't mission unaccomplish anything else?

    June 11, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  44. John in San Diego

    Jack, the only one who misunderstood is George W. himself. The American people – those who supported the war and those who didn't – fully understood what Bush intended from day one.

    June 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  45. A Kraft Naples, FL

    he wanted to outshine his father...he is a stubborn ass and his legacy will reflect that..unfortunately Iraq and America will suffer for it

    June 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  46. Toni Boutwell, Myrtle Beach SC

    No, he is liar plain and simple. We understood then, we understand now. Not soon enough will that lame snake slither off the world stange and on to whatever punishment is waiting for him, legal or eternal.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  47. James Mo

    The new excuse for Republicans-"I misspoke" where as if a Democrat makes a mistake it is he/she is a liar, not qualified, naive, elitist.

    Republicans had control of the House, Senate, and Presidency for 6 years, but all of our problems are supposed to be the fault of the Democrats that have the bare majority now and the Republicans continue to block anything that needs to get done, or the President vetoes it.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  48. L.M.,Arizona

    I think Dick Cheney told Bush we are going to invade Iraq now you go and tell the american people whatever you want just don't be clear in other words just be yourself.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  49. Michael Steuer,. Bedford, N.Y.

    No he is not misunderstood. No one believes that he wanted 4000 troops to perish because he's a mean man. On the other hand most believe that he's an incompetent president and there was a little of "I'll take care of the thorn in Daddy's side" going on. America has to start to look for different qualities in leaders than a guy you'd like to have a beer with or a good bowler. Intellect has to be a prerequisite for someone we elect President. Hopefully America will take heed in November.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  50. Darren S.

    Only if you can blur the lines between misunderstanding and lying.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  51. Marty CT

    I think HE misunderstood the power and impact of his words. Now he is concerned about his legacy, and may be trying to edit history.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  52. Kea from Honolulu

    To quote a Bugs Bunny episode: "I will love him and hug him and call him George."

    June 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  53. Frederick (Rick) Kountz

    If someone does not carve the likeness of Dennis Kucinich onto Mt. Rushmore I think we should organize a work crew.... want to join us?

    June 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  54. Tom C, Stuart, Fl

    Jack, Bush would like to believe he was misunderstood. McClelland describes Bush's inability to believe in reality in his book. Bush and Cheney's rush to war was self-serving, look at the 600 billion in profits they had made for their companies. Was that just pure luck? He's afraid of their impeachment and that's another lie about his intentions. He's a dictator that Congress, Senate, and U.S. Representatives, also the news media is afraid of. He's an enemy of American citizen's and should be impeached.

    Tom, Stuart, Fl.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  55. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Misunderstood? No, but he is sorry he couldn't lie better. He said he hates war. We know that. His daddy got him out of Viet Nam, but he doesn't hate it enough to NOT send the children of others off to die in a personal vendetta war. The world is a safer place? Exactly what was Saddam doing that put the world at risk? He had nothing. No airforce, no WMDs and no intention of doing anything against any other country. WE were the only ones that had the intentions and did it.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  56. Jay-Mississippi

    Jack, absolutely not. The truth is he thought this was going to a 90 days to 2 years war at most. he would show himself and his party strong on Foreign Policy, after all so many said that Pres Bill Clinton was weak. He hoped and believed we would find Bin-Ladden and in the end he and his party would come out smelling like Roses. The results clearly are anything but that. So he is more reflective, as many of us are when we go off and do something stupid.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  57. Dave from Erin, Ontario

    George Bush was no more misunderstood on Iraq, than an angry rattlesnake coiled up and ready to strike.

    The difference is, snakes don't make mistakes and then try to cover them up with stupid lies. At least we can trust a snake to respect our intelligence.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  58. Lynn

    No – He lied to the American people, members of Congress and the world. His arrogance beminds me of Obama. My countdown clock says 222 days to go, but will things be any better.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  59. BOB, VA

    yes Jack, he was misunderstood – – just like Sadaam was, when he invaded kuwait !

    June 11, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  60. Jack Graham

    Maybe he was misunderstood. After all, as often as he mangles the English language, it is a pretty safe bet we don't know what he talking about most of the time.

    Des Moines.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  61. joseph

    No. I don't think the president was misunderstood.

    The message is clear.

    Stay the course.

    Two wars but no new wars.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  62. Stacy from Farifax, Virginia

    Neither Bush or Cheney were misunderstood. Time and again they tried to make a connection between 9/11 and Iraq and the vast majority of Americans bought it – hook, line and sinker.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  63. Peter - North of 60

    Please stop denigrating cowboy culture and ethics by ascribing such honour to George W. Shrub. Had he been a real cowboy, he would have told Sadam straight-up, "From one bully to another you sadistic sonofagun, I'm about to bust you one right in the mouth and there's not a thing you can do about it." Instead he and Cheney lied to us through their teeth.

    Now this nonsense about lower casualties comes across like the used car lot that advertises 30% lower prices only after they raised them by 50% the week before.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  64. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Until George W. Bush announces "I'm resigning as the president and immediately moving to the Super-Max prison where I will spend the rest of my life", I will not believe anything this man says.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  65. Ray M.

    The only mis-understanding is with Bush himself.

    Why, exactly, did we invade Iraq? How many reasons did or do we have? How was it legal?

    Essentially, we invaded a country claiming one thing, we were provent to be incorrect, and just said "whoops" as we decided to stay there for years.

    If any other country or power had done this to the United States, we would all be outraged and calling for war. But it's okay when we do it, apparently.

    Well, at least that is Bush's "understanding."

    Ray M.
    Oviedo, FL

    June 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  66. Jorens, Riga, Latvia

    No I think he was not. He tries to make it look that way now, but I think people got him quite clearly. And Is the world a safer place now with bunch of Iraqee people and terrorist organizations seeking for revenge?

    June 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  67. Marcia from Indiana

    I understand him perfectly-It's OFFICIAL-he is the worst President ever !! I cannot understand why he is StILL in office and neither will history.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  68. Max

    As for Bush, he should be held responsible for all his mistakes (read lies to his employers, the people of the US) and brought before the international courts. As for McCain, just more of the same. We should not vote for another one who thinks that the crimes against humanity Bush made are ok and should go on for another 100 years.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  69. perry j

    i voted for bush and i feel that i have the right to say this at time he is acting like an s.s.s. not an a.s.s.s.e.t.
    perry j
    council bluffs iowa

    June 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  70. Adalberto, Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.

    9/11, the world cried for U.S because of terrorist decisions. Today the world bleeds due to the Bush administration decision. Bush mentality is: If no Saddam no problem, but tell that to the 100,000+ dead Iraqi innocents to their families which bullets you send to just kill one man. Mission accomplished...

    June 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  71. susan

    NO! Isn;t this what he already said pre-2004 Election. The rest of the WORLD knows what he meant. I can't help but wonder if he is now getting teady for Scott McClellan's testimony in Congress.This guy who does not care about the POLLS, obviously is concerned about something.

    His legacy ? No, but he is worried about what will come after he is out of his BULLY office and what the wordl will do to him after he is out. Maybe no impeachment, but I believe and hope the rest of the world will help those of us that Congress won't !


    June 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  72. Raymond Duke/Gatesville,Tx.

    Even though I am a twenty year veteran i will not give Bush a slide on this war in Irag . I am not criticing his words about the war talk but the greed him and corporate america used to invade Irag. We should never have invaded but if you do level the dang country and fight the war to win and don't try building nations.The tactic to use is an old saying we had in the Infantry "KILL THEM ALL AND LET GOD SORT OUT THE GOOD ONES' Some nations need a dictator to keep the country afloat and Irag was one of them.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  73. Ray Kinserlow

    For 75% of the population of America, not any more. "You can fool all the people some of the time,...."

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    June 11, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  74. Susan from Ga

    He wanted that war and deliberatley misled the Congress and the American people! He is not a "cowboy" but an every day thug. McCain is cut fromthe same piece of cloth!

    June 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  75. sarah, Indiana

    what part of " hey lets bomb hell outta that place and annex it" was hard to understand?

    June 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  76. Patty in Watsonville, CA

    Misunderstood? Well, please don't misunderstand me ... Bush lied to the American people and thousands died. He should held accountable. Impeach his azz!

    June 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  77. Ron from Colorado

    G.W. Bush has not been misunderstood, he has misunderstood everything about being a noble leader of the strongest democracy in recorded history and the responsibilities that go with that role. He does not understand history or other cultures. The blunders of his administration are atrocious and inexcusable. His legacy is our shame. History will judge him not only on what he has said with his foot usually in his mouth, but also on what he has done and failed to do in spite of all the loyal support from citizens that was available to him if he had only listened to us.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  78. Michael Fermanich, Marintte, Wisconsin

    Jack; I would say that some people thought there could not be a more arrogant person as President of the United States grandstanding artificial democracy. Also denial of a human being seeking greed at expense of hidden agendas is something some voters will have to deal with the rest of there born days. Both sides neglected assumptions made by the other; voter vrs. George Bush!

    June 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  79. Toni, Houston, TX

    Before or after Scott McClellan's book?

    June 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  80. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Misunderstood? You must be kidding. This war was planned long before the country even knew what was happening. It was all about defending his daddys honor over the trouncing he took by BUSH#1. Plus oil and all his buddies were the second reason we went to war. He and Cheney probably had this planned out long before the election. Was he misunderstood? not likely. He knew exactly what he was doing and has loved every minute of it. I don't think he gives a rats ass about what he has done to this country and the military who have sacrificed everything for his stupid war.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  81. Frank Yorktown, VA

    I am a McCain supporter but President Bush clearly stated that we were going into Iraq because he had weapons of mass destruction. There was no misunderstanding that statement.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  82. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    No! Bush's friends,cheney and and the oil companies wanted to go to war. What's so hard to understand about that?

    June 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  83. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    No. I think Bush misunderstood Iraq. He didn't even know the difference between Sunni and Shia. And how could he put "bring 'em on-"which invited al Qaeda to kill our troops-in the same category as "wanted dead or alive"-which was a statement against the guy who planned 9/11? The only reason he regrets saying he wanted bin Laden “dead or alive” is because he hasn't GOTTEN bin Laden dead OR alive.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  84. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    yeah right !!!!, and we are as dumb as rocks.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  85. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    No. I think Bush misunderstood Iraq. He didn't even know the difference between Sunni and Shia-just like John McCain. Maybe Lieberman can be McCain's VP so he continue to whisper facts into his ear, but we don't need a third Bush term.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  86. Curtis in Philadelphia

    No Jack, I don't think he was misunderstood. This administration has been so well crafted, that everything said and done, was done with purpose. Remember "Mission Accomplished"? Talk about a staged event, not to mention the phony press briefings that were actual staged events and the planting of a gay hustler to pose as a member of the press corp to toss softball questions? These guys knew exactly what they were doing and Bush was the perfect puppet, I mean actor for Rove et al. Mr. President, you are just gonna have to deal with your horrible legacy and own it, its all yours, regardless of who was pulling your strings.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  87. Niko Charlotte, NC

    I've never had so much disrespect for a sitting President. If he's been misunderstood, his whole Presidency is misunderstanding. 71/2 years of misleading policies. Its enough to put you in the poor house.

    June 11, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  88. Rian McMurtry

    No. We understood exactly what he said. His problem is that his lies are coming home to roost.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  89. Big Jeff, Los Angeles


    Showing up on Tuesday night for a Wednesday night meeting, that is a misunderstanding.

    To use Bushisms to describe Bush and Iraq : He misunder-estimated the American peoples ability to see through his cowboy rhetoric .

    Fool us once George... we're not getting fooled again

    June 11, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  90. art yeager

    Actually Bush was dismisundetrstood on iraq.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  91. JoAnne Lawler

    The American people wanted to believe their President. This is not a good strategy for determining whether or not we should go to war.
    Also people are relying on their party loyalty to make important decisions.
    We have got to get more information and press our legislators to do the right thing. We cannot be slaves to naivite and hope that everything turns out alright.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  92. Keith

    Who cares what we think. As long as Bush's brain keeps singing, "I'm just a soul who's intentions are good. Oh LORD please don't let me be misunderstood."

    June 11, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  93. Sunil

    Oh! yes, I still do not understand why Saddam was hanged to death and Osama bin laden is still alive. Bush destroyed the whole iraq. Before Us invading Iraq 1 dinar = almost 3 dollars now after invading iraq , 1dollar can buy more than thousand dinars. Before war the gas prices were all time low and now people are losing jobs in US because of the impact of high oil prices.So I beleive that everyone around the world clearly understand Bush's actions and his interest in staying Iraq.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  94. Dan Deng

    yes,, pres.Bush misunderstood Iraq war from the beginning. His intention was to removed Saddam from power but not a WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION he was preaching to American people. Now American forces in Iraq are dugging out the bones and not nuke I think he fool bright American minds with his cowboy behavior. hope we learned a lesson already.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  95. Stan Coleite from LA, CA

    So, er...hummm...

    "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."

    President George W. Bush, Sept. 17, 2002

    June 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  96. Jerome Davis (Atlanta Georgia)

    Misunderstood – naw he was just plain arrogant and delusional. Mr. Bush’s Legacy will be a legacy of unnecessary war and a shear ripping down of a once robust economy without a deficit. For a short period in time before Mr. Bushes two terms people from all classes and races getting along better than any other time in History.

    Shame o Mr Bush for literally destroying the moral and economic foundation of the US of A. I wonder if he really cares what his legacy will be – his action say NO?

    June 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  97. Vic P

    You did a great thing Mr President.! The country of Iraq had this horrible leader and no constitutional form of government that would limit his term to a maximum of 8 years!!

    June 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  98. Mike Miller

    Webster's Dictionary defines "misunderstand" as "to fail to understand" or "to interpret incorrectly." Neither the American Public nor the world failed to understand President Bush's words. Exactly how does one interpret incorrectly the phrase, "bring them on" when referring to Iraqi attackers? Was he really referring to a cheerleading competition? I, for one, will not accept the blame for the consequences of Bush's blustering. Shame on you, Mr. President, for pointing the finger in our direction.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  99. Amanda

    Pres. Bush was not in any means misunderstood when it comes to the war on Iraq. These new feelings of remorse and regret about how he did not present his case better are now just coming as he packs up and is about to depart from the white house. The only thing that Bush regrets is that he couldn't manipulate the American people into thinking that he had positive intentions when it came to declaring this war and committing 150,000+ troops in Iraq.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  100. Paul Long

    Perhaps George W. Bush regrets the phrases and words that he used, but that doesn't alter his actions in any way. Diplomacy was abandoned, deadlines for Saddam were unreasonable, and in the end, the war was exactly what Bush wanted. Did he want a 6 year war that would tarnish him forever? No. But he DID want a war in Iraq, and that makes him nothing more than criminal scum in my eyes.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  101. John (Dallas)

    Think about it a moment, Jack:
    If you said something in a conversation with me, and I began broadcasting a misinterprettion of what you said, you would immediately refute it, and set the record straight. right?

    The fact that George Bush is only now saying he was misunderstood seems...."disingenuous".
    ...."Disingenuous" being the nicest way I can think of to put.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  102. A one- time Republican

    What's to understand? The man was and remains clueless.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  103. matt

    yes bush was misunderstood we needed bush's big oil friends to get them oil wells in iraq. how else could we get to pay 4 dollars or more a gallon thank you bush we love you

    June 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  104. Laith J. Kalasho

    Jack, Since when Mr Bush he know the his left from his rigt?.
    That is telling you how smart he is!.
    Oh well the damege it happen and there is no way to fixit or bring the ded to life again.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  105. Mike Miller, Baltimore, MD

    Webster’s Dictionary defines “misunderstand” as “to fail to understand” or “to interpret incorrectly.” Neither the American Public nor the world failed to understand President Bush’s words. Exactly how does one interpret incorrectly the phrase, “bring them on” when referring to Iraqi attackers? Was he really referring to a cheerleading competition? I, for one, will not accept the blame for the consequences of Bush’s blustering. Shame on you, Mr. President, for pointing the finger in our direction.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  106. Pat, Fayetteville, NC

    What planet on you on? Dubya knew that he was going to go back to Iraq if he ever got to be president. So did the majority of America. Check you memory and archives. Either during the campaign to become the Republican nominee in 2000 or after one of the debates, a reporter asked a question of Dubya (I could not hear the question), and Dubya's responsed was something to the effect, don't worry about Saddam, I'll take care of him.

    Some of the bloggers out there can surely locate that remark, pinpoint the timeframe and layout the game plan.

    Misunderstood? Not a bloody chance!!

    June 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  107. Brian and Cyndi

    No, President Bush was not misunderstood. Vice-President Cheney knew exactly what he was having President Bush do.
    Brian and Cyndi
    Doral, FL

    June 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  108. Warren Garris

    It makes me sick to my stomach to know that this man has represented America to the world for all these years, Jack! Complete idiot. He's whining about being misunderstood? Everybody knew the man wanted war, regardless of how many lives would be lost or affected! Misunderstanding? You can't be serious. But with his typical disregard for the American people, Dubs had already shoved us off to war before we could figure out what was really going on. Today we see that he fails at accurate self-reflection like he does at effective diplomacy at home and abroad.

    Greensboro, North Carolina

    June 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  109. Dan Fout

    From all accounts President Bush was hell-bent for war in Iraq from the first day he took office. For a man who is not known for introspection and soul searching, it appears that after six long years of this senseless war, he has just now started down that path of redemption.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  110. A. Diallo

    Yes. The American people misunderstood Mr. Bush. They did not understand that he was about to take them on a hell of ride. My hope is that this time Americans will not misunderstand Mr. McCain. This time the American people can and should change course.
    Bronx, NY.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  111. Andrea-Twin Lake, MI

    No, I have long understood him, Jack. He thinks he has never been wrong in his life and, if things don't turn out well, it must be that others misunderstood him. He still thinks the world is better off without Saddam. Now, who would that be? The Iraqi people? No, hundreds of thousands have perished in this war. The American people? No, thousands have died and paying for it will break our economy now and for generations to come. Bush's oil buddies and Cheney's armament buddies are much better off. Oh, and Al Quida in Afghanistan has been able to regroup stronger than ever because of our diverting attention to Iraq. Are these the people we really wanted to be "better off"?

    June 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  112. Doug , Feeding Hills,Mass.

    Jack, as most of us now know, Bush is arrogant, ignorant and will soon be irrelevant. The only thing misunderstood concerning Mr. Bush is his concept of how to think, act or perform like anyone remotely resembling a president. I find the mute button comes in very handy during these waning days of this administration, whenever I see his smiling smirk on the TV.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  113. Tom, Las Vegas

    Speaking of misunderstood, for those who keep calling Bush a cowboy, remember he is actually from Maine. He only plays a cowboy on TV.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  114. Cheryl

    Bush was definitely mis-something: Misinformed in general and specifically about Iraq, Mistaken about the way he handled his war and mis-fortunate in his administration of his presidency. Maybewe should call him Mis Bush

    June 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  115. Pam Walker

    I think Bush is just trying to salvage his legacy. Kind of like the man on his death bed who is afraid he might go to hell. The problem is that Bush still continues to lie. Give him a break folks. Maybe he suffers from that condition where he can't help but lie. My opinion...Bush will go down in history as the worst president ever. Of course that point may be mute, if our country ends up crashing and burning because of Bush and the republicans that were in full control for so long.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  116. chris--las vegas, nv

    bush was not misunderstood at all. those who were behind him knew exactly what his cowboy rhetoric meant. and they agreed with him. many still do. those of us who were against him from the beginning also knew exactly what he meant. taking back his comments now is just a way to protect his already tarnished legacy. had the war been the least bit successful–or even useful–he wouldn't be trying to do damage control now.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  117. Aylla, Indiana

    No Way. That is the best Lie he never told. He brought his Cowboy mentality from Texas to Washington and he simply used the resources he had access too, the Army, the Marines, the Air Force and the Authority of being the President of the United State of America. He wanted to go to war in a dozen ways.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  118. Mike, Canada

    Fool us once George...Hey Big Jeff, didn't you vote for him twice? lucky you...

    June 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  119. Bill, Albuquerque, NM

    The only thing worse than Bush's lies in the Democrats fear of impeaching him and Cheney.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  120. bill

    No, jack, the crawford cowboy didn't stutter . Everyone knew what he meant.

    June 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  121. James

    I am totallyperplexed as to why this man is not only out of office, but to why he isn't in jail! History will not be kind to him, nor to the ones who let this happen to us. 223 more days!

    June 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  122. Sandi from Grand Rapids, MI

    When Bush was running for president, his supporters downplayed his inability to SPEAK. Many found his "down-home" way of talking endearing and acted like it made him more "REAL".

    Now we've learned, the hard way, that the LEAST we can expect from our president is the ability to speak well – every day – and in many different situations. (Something to think about for anyone who saw McCain's "green-screen" speech. Would McCain have to ask leaders of other countries for a "town-hall meeting" format?)

    June 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  123. Michael

    C'mon... take a look at the guy – listen to him as a young adult, years before public life. He was a simpleton dufus back then, and he is a simpleton dufus now. A legend in his own mind. My cat has more humility and intellect

    June 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  124. Hussein from California

    Two words for you Jack, HECK NO!!!

    June 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  125. Chad Jarman

    NO, the whole Bush Administration has been lying to the world about Iraq ever since the beginning! He has caused the deaths of thousands of U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens.

    Why is there not more impeachment motions going on right now??? That should be the question today Jack, and everyday for that matter!!
    Scott McClellan's evidence more than proves how atrocious this administration has acted!

    Nobody thinks what Bill Clinton did to get impeachment proceedings started was very presidential, but at least Clinton is not personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people!!!!!


    Los Angeles

    June 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |