Inspiring: George Bush, Wounded Warriors complete W100K bike ride

Former President George W. Bush and 14 wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans completed the third annual W100K mountain bike ride earlier today, held this year at Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. The Bush Center has been documenting the ride since Day 1 and provided plenty of inspirational photos from the final miles.

  • Steve_J

    I am sorry, but there would be many fewer wounded warriors if GWB had had a plan for how to conduct the wars in Iraq and Afhanistan. There would be fewer still if, instead of giving a deadline for withdrawal of troops, Obama would have just pulled out troops out and been done with both stink holes,.

    • ICOYAR

      Obama induced MORE casualties in both countries, even though we left Iraq, and he lied about pulling us out of Afghanistan, than George Bush EVER did.

      • Steve_J

        You are missing the point. It’s not the number of casualties under either Bush or Obama. The point is with no long term goal and without the determination to prosecute both war’s as wars. We should never have been in either country at allo.

        • LeighLeigh

          I see your point. We should have made a sheet of Glass out of Afghanistan. Made it plumb damn uninhabital and to where they couldn’t grow poppies….Iraq, we should have never gone into that hell hole.

          • Steve_J

            Both would have been better options than slowly bleeding away money and U S lives for no purpose.

          • JR48

            Nope, GW would have been excoriated for that too.

            Face it, there was no way that guy could have won unless it lasted two weeks like the first Gulf war.

            However, there was also no way that we wouldn’t have gone to war after 9/11. I’ll give you Iraq, but Afghanistan was a given. You can’t kill thousands of Americans on American soil, as well as light up the Pentagon, without a response.

          • Steve_J

            That’s true, but it seems like we went to Afghanistan lacking a coherent plan for victory. It seems to me we sent troops to fight a war that we were unprepared to fight like a war.

          • pinkelephant22

            Just curious – what is your military background?

          • TimsArmyWifey

            they are not unprepared at all …. you are expecting warfare like the Gulf war this is guerrilla type warfare … the Soviets thought they were all that and were there for longer and incurred more casualties to my knowledge.

          • Firedsilver.ok

            Steve, what would your coherent plan for victory be against a loose knit, diaphanous, worldwide ideological group? This is a war like no other, against a foe unlike almost any other in history. GW warned us of all this at almost the very beginning. Some (way too many) were too stupid to listen and to dumb to figure it out for themselves.

            We can fight them there or fight them here. What is your preference? Because we will fight them, the terrorists will make sure of that, and I would rather our brave, volunteer soldiers take the battle to the enemy than see them fight here on our soil and very possibly have to witness the violent death or torture of their own wives, mothers and daughters at the hands of hate filled evil men.

            It disgusts me that so many of your type are so willing to risk the lives of thousands of innocent women and children here in the U.S. just so you can bash GW and the war. If you ever get your way, I hope your chickens are the first ones to come home and roost. That is the least you deserve.

          • Steve_J

            Thanks for your reply, especially all your assumptions.

          • Firedsilver.ok

            Thanks for your reply to my reply and NOT answering the pertinent question.

          • lynncochranwilson

            GWB’s biggest problem with the war was trying to appease the American left. Regarding Iraq, he (and others, Dems included) believed that there were wmd’s. Yes, hindsight is 20-20. If he had decimated the place he would be no better off reputation-wise than he is now except those of us who believe go all in would have been more supportive of him. The reason that he has been so unpopular is that it’s cool on the left to hate him and repeat talking points, and the right thinks he appeased the left too much. As far as a coherent plan, honestly, how would we know what the plan was? The press HATED him (still does, I mean where is this awesome event covered in the mainstream), so nothing we heard was accurate (seriously, their lovefest for O is sickening). With regard to sending troops in unprepared…again, appeasing the left and keeping the troops hands tied so they didn’t do too much. I mean really, NO ONE wants collateral damage, but walking the streets trying to figure out who the bad guys are while walking//driving over ieds. Seriously, why put so many restrictions on our men and women. If he had acted half they way our current *&^#-in-chief acts, this would have all been over much more quickly. Had he made decisions based MORE on what he thought was right rather than what the left was screaming, it would all be over. He was compassionate to the Iraqi people (mind you, they were not all guilty), and it cost us dearly.

    • BoscoBolt

      Just a little reminder …

      More U.S. soldiers were killed and wounded during obama’s first term in office than former President George W. Bush’s two terms.

      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/09/11/Mainstream-Media-Ignoring-Increase-In-Deaths-Wounded-In-Afghanistan-Under-Obama

      And, under obama’s disastrously failed leadership, and the DEADLY changes to the rules of engagement that he has implemented, the death-toll just keeps rising …

      • Steve_J

        The point isn’t how many more people have died or been wounded durng the administrations of Bush or Obama. The point is we had no business being in Iraq or Afghanistan if we didn’t have the backbone and determination to finish the job. Iraq is little changed even with Hussein gone. The Taliban is still in Afhanistan and is waiting for the U S to pull out and return things to, what the Afghani’s would, consider normal. The only two things that have been accomplished is the U S has spent billions of dollars, we don’t have, ahd ended the lives of thousand’s of U S military personel, who can never be replaced.

        • Michael Lehman

          I know one thing for certain!!! If Bush would have been in office, 4 Americans would still be alive in Benghazi!!! He wouldn’t have sat there watching the carnage and told the military to stand down!!!! So take your stupid, old, idiotic argument about “Bush lied, …” and get a life!!! At least he had the guts to make the call!!!

        • BoscoBolt

          This is NOT the POINT that YOU made in your initial comment – YOU made it about the number of wounded and dead.

          Getting back to this particular article, it demonstrates, once again, that George Bush has great respect and love for America, the U.S. Military, and the sacrifices made by our brave men and women – AND, he earned the respect of our troops – THEY appreciated his leadership – NONE OF THIS can be said about obama.

          • Steve_J

            Reread my comment. I will repeat, if there had been a coherent plan for conducting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan there would be many, many fewer dead and wounded U S military personel. You are the one who introduced the Bush, Obama casualty comparison. He should have respect for the military, he’s the one who sent them to Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place.

          • TimsArmyWifey

            Exactly!

          • Carolyn Smallwood Holland

            Thank you BoscoBolt! Well said!

        • Steve in Katy

          Steve, Obama has been in office for 5 years now. How many times do you think he’s visited the wounded at Bethesda? W did, and many times without the press. I heard he went to Ft. Hood to comfort the wounded there too.
          This story is about Patriotism and the appreciation for it! Time you get off your soap box.

          • Jedd McHead

            GW also put down his golf club and didn’t play another round once the Iraq war began. He said he didn’t want the parents of those serving to see their Leader on the golf course while their children were sacrificing so much (or something to that affect).

            Obama has spent well over a third of a year, solid, on the links (he’d played over 100 games in June, 2012, but I can’f find the latest tally).

            GW has character. BO IS a character (and a classless piece of work).

        • SDN

          Because people like you don’t allow the US to fight wars to win them, and haven’t since 1945.

          • Steve_J

            How have you determined that? Point to anyting in my comments that would support your statement.

    • maineman65

      Don’t worry, ole barry now has troops commited to every african nation. Question is, will you complain about that or pull a pelosi and blame Bush?

      • Steve_J

        There was no plan for the winning of Iraq or Afhanistan. If there was Bush quickly tossed it out the window in favor of “nation building”. Not to mention the US JAG Corps trying U S troops for murder, just for protecting themselves and their men. Does Lt Co. West’s name ring a bell?

      • Steve_J

        I don’t see any point in being in Africa. You might want to stop assuming things about me.

    • Batman

      Agree.

      • Joe W.

        No one cares.

    • lana ward

      Go live in Iraq where you belong. All America haters are communists

      • Steve_J

        Thanks for you well reasoned reply.

    • TimsArmyWifey

      Maybe, Maybe not …. Yeah maybe Obama would have done that, and left gaping holes to go back to! Get real … as a CIC Bush was better than Obama has been for one day of his term

    • Joe W.

      So says President Steve, who knows absolutely ZERO about the business of prosecuting a war in the 21st century. Assclown.

      • Steve_J

        It is apparent neither did GWB nor does Obama.

  • http://www.coreyspofford.com/ YEROCDROFFOPS

    Inspiring a lie for WMD they knew didn’t exist..

    • J. Cox

      Except they did exist…or did the UN lie afterwards also?How bout the NY Times..WaPo..list goes on.Sorry you are to lazy,or stupid, to do a little research.

    • HARP2

      37 DEM SENATORS VOTED FOR IT AS DID 81 DEMS IN THE HOUSE.

    • maineman65

      Get your facts straight Obamabot.

    • tjp77

      Saddams WMDs are now being deployed against the Syrian people.

      They always existed, but the press and international community were too preoccupied with their Bush hatred to ask where the WMD’s actually went when they didn’t show up in Iraq. It was much more fun to paint him as a lunatic cowboy warmonger than to ask serious questions about where the weapons went. Even Hans Blix had the presence of mind to actually come right out and say that if the weapons aren’t in Iraq, then they must be somewhere else, because there was little doubt that they existed at one point, and there was no evidence that they were destroyed.

      • vrosebud

        I doubt that all those Kurds in northern Iraq didn’t just fall over dead. Saddam used some kind of WMD to poison them.

        • syvyn11

          Liberals would have you believe that those Kurds died of their colons exploding due to too many White Castle sliders.

    • Walter Rampton

      Oh, the WMD’s did exist. There was substantial proof that they used chemical weapons on the Kurds. Just because the weapons were not present by the time we got there means nothing. I was joking around one day a short time after we invaded Iraq that the weapons were going to be moved to Syria. Not a joke anymore, Syria has one of the worlds largest stockpiles of chemical weapons most of which came from Hussein. A lot of people don’t realize that, they did exist.

    • Jan

      As a soldier, my nephew handles WMD’s. If there were none in Iraq, why did he have 3 deployments there????

    • syvyn11

      They were moved to Syria, genius.

    • lana ward

      They do exist, they were moved to Syria

    • http://foxnews.com Larry Miller

      Israel intelligence learned of the wmds being sent to Stria.
      You are one of those, ”forever ignorant”

    • Underrated

      If Bush would have lied the Dems would have done everything in their power to impeach him. Yes, the decision to go to war was based on faulty intelligence-that MANY countries backed-but that is very different than outright lying.

    • Clayton Grant

      Try a little education instead of the approved talking points.

      .

      YouTube – Bill Clinton: Clear Evidence of Iraqi WMD Program

      http://youtu.be/S0f5u_0ytUs

      YouTube – Al Gore: No Doubt Saddam’s Weapons Are Grave Threat

      http://youtu.be/fFBl0fnMUVc

      YouTube – Gore criticizes Bush for ignoring Iraq’s ties to terrorism

      http://youtu.be/9JE48XHKG64

      YouTube – Democrats before Iraq War started….

      http://youtu.be/N5p-qIq32m8

    • Joe W.

      The WMD are being used on the Syrian people this very day, you blithering assclown.

  • Batman

    Operation Iraqi Freedom was absolutely unnecessary and based on a fabrication. Despite being staunchly conservative, I have no respect for George W. Bush. None. I feel great sympathy and heartbreak for the lives of the families he destroyed. Thank you to the wounded warriors who sacrificed so much for this country. I don’t know how they could stomach riding alongside Bush. It’s obvious they have a different perspective than I do, and I respect that. To Bush, well, I hope you can live with yourself. (And, let me pre-empt any responses by saying, “Yes, I served my country in the U.S. Navy for 6 years active duty. Ok, thanks, good-bye.”)

    • $2943864

      Wait – are you saying that you don’t believe in self-defense nor defending the defenseless? – or is it only your family who are eligible for your protection and our brothers and sisters thousands of miles away don’t count? Regardless of what you think of any of the other issues (wmds and such) we removed a genocidal despot from power. He was captured, convicted of crimes against humanity, and hung by his own people. As a result freedom of self determination was given to millions upon millions. The humanitarian reasons trump all others. I’d say that is far from “unnecessary” or “based on fabrication”.

      Just to address the other justification (besides humanitarian) that the administration gave: You do know that there were a dozen UN resolutions that called for Saddam to not ONLY dismantle the wmds but to ACCOUNT for said dismantling don’t you? Verification is standard in such directives – but it is a fact the left and unthinking people like you appear to be try to ignore. It was justified son – I’m not impressed – your “6 years” don’t give you the moral high ground over empirical facts.

      • FirstNameTooMuchLastNameSwag

        The stated goal was was not removing a despot from power, the goal was to find the non-existent WMD’S. I don’t care about what dictators around the world do to their own people, especially when its dictators that the US helped to prop up. I care about what those dictators could do to MY family. I’m sick and tired of the government playing world policemen and the brainwashed masses like you giving them a pass to do so

        • $2943864

          Ryan – you weren’t paying attention. I gave you the stated reasons that were in EVERY last speech or justification of the administration (let me repeat: EVERY speech) – you might try informing yourself because your poor judgement makes you as bad as any dictator to your country and underserved family. In your flawless logic you don’t care what such dictators around the world do to their people as long as it doesn’t harm your (“MY”) family but you are filled with hate for your own leaders who certainly didn’t harm your family.

          Don’t worry . . . you are on the record about only caring for yourself but I don’t agree your family – too bad that is how you care. You must be so proud.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_Resolution

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Saddam_Hussein%27s_Iraq

          • Jerry Camp

            None of these idiots listened to President Bush’s State of the Union address where he outlined a good dozen reasons why Saddam must be removed from power. WMDs was but one.

          • Jerry Camp

            None of these idiots listened to President Bush’s State of the Union address where he outlined a good dozen reasons why Saddam must be removed from power. WMDs was but one.

    • lana ward

      George Bush is one of the most decent, caring, America loving Patriots ever. YOU ARE A COMMUNIST!!!

    • http://foxnews.com Larry Miller

      How and what turned you against America? Congress voted for the war, Bill Clinton was for the war. In fact Bill Clinton was positive Saddam had wmd, which he did and moved them to Syria.

      • Steve in Katy

        I’ve always wondered why Jay Rockefeller went to Syria a month before the war. My thought was to have the WMD moved from Iraq.

    • http://foxnews.com Larry Miller

      Staunchly conservative????——you lie.

      • nc

        The word “staunchly” gives him up.

    • Clayton Grant

      A little education can go a long way, if you use it.
      .
      YouTube – Bill Clinton: Clear Evidence of Iraqi WMD Program
      http://youtu.be/S0f5u_0ytUs
      .
      YouTube – Al Gore: No Doubt Saddam’s Weapons Are Grave Threat
      http://youtu.be/fFBl0fnMUVc
      .
      YouTube – Gore criticizes Bush for ignoring Iraq’s ties to terrorism
      http://youtu.be/9JE48XHKG64
      .
      YouTube – Democrats before Iraq War started….
      http://youtu.be/N5p-qIq32m8

      • in_awe

        Thank you – I am SO TIRED of having to prove to libs that their icons stood at the head of the line demanding regime change in Iraq because of the threat they posed to their neighbors, the region and the US.

        I have contemplated creating a web page dedicated to listing once and for all the hundreds of links documenting how the Dems under Clinton started the movement to invade Iraq, how Bush got UN support to act, how the Congress with 1 holdout voted to authorize the invasion, how British, French and Russian intelligence services supported the WMD and uranium reports we acted on, etc.

    • alanstorm

      You are confused. It’s probably futile to try, but here goes:

      On the WMD front, the vast majority of western intelligence agencies agreed that Saddam was trying to rebuild his WMD capability. There is no question that he had possessed and used them in the past. He ACTED as if he had some on hand, probably because his generals were to scared to tell him otherwise.

      He has agreed to a cease-fire to end the Gulf War, the terms of which he continually violated. IOW, he chose to re-start the fight.

      Although Iraq may or may not have been supporting the 9/11 plotters, he was supporting terrorism in other places, including our allies’ countries.

      Now, while it does seem that the operation was not properly focused, at least initially, your assertion that “OIF was unnecessary and based on a fabrication” is untrue. It is unacceptable to judge after the fact – based on evidence available AT THE TIME, and taken together with the fact that Saddam was thumbing his nose at the terms of the cease-fire, it was a good call.

    • marssnw

      Where do you think Syria got there chemical weapons from? Yes, chemical weapons are WMDs. They may not be nukes but they are just as dangerous and it is a much worse way to die.

    • Joe W.

      You say you “respect” a different perspective?? BS. You don’t respect a G*d D*mned thing except the free stuff your home boy POS in the White House gives you. Assclown.

  • Michael Lehman

    I know GW wouldn’t have sat and watched 4 Americans get murdered in Benghazi!!! He’d have sent the military in, not tell them to stand down!!!

  • CombatDiver

    Love him or hate him, there was never any doubt of his love for us in the military.

  • syvyn11

    I’m sick of all the Bush hate in this thread. The man hasn’t been president for almost 4 1/2 years now. And to read the BDS still rampant on the left, you’d think he was on his fourth term.

    Good work by President Bush. Makes me think if Obama would do anything like this for his troops. (the answer is ‘NO’.)

  • lana ward

    Obama would do this for muslim enemies, never for America Heroes, NEVER!!!

    • nc

      Correction: He wouldn’t do this for ANYONE.

  • ernst1776

    I can’t imagine Obama ever doing anything so noble. W has heart.

    • Red Fred

      Don’t remember Bush failing to salute a Marine, or having them on umbrella detail. He has made untold visits to hospitals visiting wounded. He is a MAN, he was a fighter pilot, we don’t even know what we have now, a former lawyer?

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    I was looking for all the Obamabot/BlameBushers in the twitter feeds, but had to wait til I got down to the comments. Wow, what a bunch of crybabies. Here’s a little perspective:

    • marssnw

      I puke a little every time I see that face.

    • Sabinal

      she’s just a spoiled rich girl asking for verification and identity. She’s the daughter of an Exxon exec, you know

    • $2943864

      Why are all of the liberal heroes arrested adolescents?

  • CDub

    Somehow missed seeing this story in the media this weekend…oh wait!

  • Billy Bob

    Steve_J. Read H.R. 4655, Iraq Liberation Act,
    signed into law by Bill Clinton on Oct 31, 1998. Bush was following the law in liberating Iraq, as signed by Clinton (D).

  • marssnw

    This is a true President and Patriot. This man loves our country, unlike the steaming turd in office that we have today.

  • nc

    I saw an interview with Bush and, separately, some of the Warrior riders. Bush was relaxed and friendly, honored to ride with these men who had sacrificed so much for our country. The Warriors were also relaxed and friendly, honored to ride with the man they still considered their CIC.

  • neoface

    Whatever you may say about Bush, at least he really loves this country, can’t say the same for the jerk presently occupying the Whitehouse.

  • eeddggy

    Wasn’t it nice to have a President that loved America? Bush was far from perfect, but, what we have now is just plain evil.

  • Marcia Simms

    First let’s praise God and the Wounded Warrior project and are true President George W Bush and our brave troops all over the world. Thank you all and GOD BLESS AMERICA

  • http://www.righthook38.com righthook38

    I know GWB made some mistakes, but I love that man! I love his patriotism, and his good heart. He cares for those guys. I cannot say the same about his successor.

  • Rose

    I notice Steve J never responded when asked what his military background was. Hmmm.

  • http://baldilocks-talking.blogspot.com/ Juliette Akinyi Ochieng

    Not one pair of mom jeans in sight!

  • Randi Starr

    “Patriotism
    is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the
    result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism
    through their actions, by their choice.”

  • Sabinal

    Thank you Mr. President. Even though we are on different teams, you showed strength and patriotism during the good times and times of crisis.

  • John Howard

    #ThingsYouWillNeverSeeObamaDo