November 14th, 2010
08:48 PM ET

Bush says some NATO allies let U.S. down in Afghanistan

Former President George W. Bush defended his administration's handling of the war in Afghanistan on Sunday, telling CNN that some NATO allies who  contributed troops to the conflict "turned out not to be willing to fight."

In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, Bush strongly refuted criticism  that his administration took its "eye off the ball" in Afghanistan when he ordered troops to invade Iraq. He said he ordered American forces to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the assumption that allied forces would help make up the difference in Afghanistan.

"What  happened in Afghanistan was that our NATO allies, some of them, turned out not to be willing to fight," Bush said. "Therefore, our assumption
that we had ample troops - U.S. and NATO troops - turned out to be a 
not-true assumption. So we adjusted."

The  former president didn't name any countries specifically from NATO, which includes 28 nations in Europe and North America. Some 785 military personnel from NATO countries besides the United States have been killed in Afghanistan since hostilities began in October 2001, with the  United Kingdom, Canada and France incurring the most fatalities.


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  1. Mogwi

    Hey mike- to your earlier comment, did bush's rambleing ever make sense?

    November 15, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. 517blingdongding

    Why doest thou remark with cavalier contempt for your fellow men. BUSH/OBAMA is your leader. The leader of mankind in the one made from many nations. You sholud pray for your brothers and heed their wisdom.

    BUSH/OBAMA talks to God and is the american Godhead. Suerly thou can see this simple truth.

    November 15, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. duke

    Fools the whole lot of you!
    Don't you get it??
    You are dancing with the same ugly girl,she's just wearing different colors!
    Republicans are creating special committees that require leaders,who in turn would require a pay raise for chairmanship,
    Isn't that an expansion of government??
    Isn't that spending taxpayer money unnecessarily??
    WAKE UP!!

    November 15, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. 517blingdongding

    We must do as the Lord commands. Thus, special committee is needed to satisfy God's plan. So be it. We are to be loyal to our leaders and place our faith in God.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. 517blingdongding

    God is always with us, as is jezus. That is why we must remain true to the Lord and his teachins.

    We must love our fellow man and fight for God's wholly truth.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • stgator

      Love our fellow man like in abu ghraib and gitmo. If Jesus were here he'd be hunger striking to end US aggression.

      November 15, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. 517blingdongding

    It is part of god's plan. Why is it hard to undertand this one fact of life?

    November 15, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • stgator

      God's plan for what? What does he need all the Haitians for? Not sure if I care for this guys "plan".

      November 15, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Dont feed the ACORN/AIPAC funded troll!1!1!!

      Your masonic and very much Satanic "leaders" are scared we the slaves are uncovering their plans for a NWO.

      November 15, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. really?

    Thank you Bush as I sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, I will remember the 4500 service men and women who died for your mistake.

    November 15, 2010 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Benoit

    I personal do not call 150 canadian solders killed in action out of the 2500 deployed letting the US down. The highest death tool as a percentage of troops by far of any nato nation. I find it a great offense to lump NATO nations together. Sure, some countries made sure that their soldiers were placed in the least violent regions but a little respect Mr. President.

    November 15, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    The man is a compulsive liar. We all know this, all except those who haven't cared to look into it.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. K jacktown michigan

    bildaberg group wants to start the culling! Hold on, your about to see who runs bartertown! Monsanto, with the help of your govt. Will have rights to every crop and the water needed to live, ever wonder why they wont let you gather rainwater, in even small amounts, without written approval, which you wont get.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. K jacktown michigan

    oh and what a threat saddam was when we found him, in a hole, unkempt, unshaven, with u.s. Currency, pathetic, at what cost? Cheeney was the worst, the loophole HE made, just for natural gas, so haliburton could put your meaningless life and family at great risk, just to make a few more billion. What do you need that is so important? You already have unimaginable amounts of wealth, could it be control?

    November 15, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. K jacktown michigan

    bildaberg, theese seven men wield enormous power, yet no one knows who they are! Set world policies, steer world economics, seven men! Evil is here, and is working on a global initiative to control population, welcome to the real world, lord help us all, if you project our current policies, it is easy to see our doom! Your govt. Wants you dependent on them for a reason, control! Food is being put under govt control soon,

    November 15, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. K jacktown michigan

    look up the bill monsanto is trying to push into law, eminent domain over all food crops and water, this is a nasty bunch!! I think its s501, very interesting read! We would be doing ourselves a favor with just a little effort, once you start you will be angry enough to read more, dont call me crazy until you do your homework!

    November 15, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. ori

    These People On The Is Got A Lot Of Bricks Missing From Their Buildings.

    November 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michigan girl

    He was an idiot all eight years he was in office he threw our country and everyone in it under a bus then waltz away to texas he owns halliburton who owned the deep water horizon which all but destroyed the gulf the last year he was in office he was totally inactive on any front he the house of cards collapse and then President Obama had to try to save the sinking ship as far as i am concerned president obama had a huge mess to cleanup after 8 long years of the bushwhacker

    November 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
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