Bush Almost Admits Iraq War Was A Mistake

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I think this will be as close as he gets to actually saying, “Okay, you know what…I screwed it up.”

First, he admits he wasn’t prepared for war…

Looking back on his eight years in the White House, President George W. Bush pinpointed incorrect intelligence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction as “biggest regret of all the presidency.”

“I think I was unprepared for war,” Bush told ABC News’ Charlie Gibson in an interview airing today on “World News.”

“In other words, I didn’t campaign and say, ‘Please vote for me, I’ll be able to handle an attack,'” he said. “In other words, I didn’t anticipate war. Presidents — one of the things about the modern presidency is that the unexpected will happen.”

Now, let’s face it, that’s a pretty ridiculous statement considering there was plenty of intelligence to show that al Qaeda was trying to hit us. So the idea that this was “unexpected” is simply not accurate. But one thing’s for sure…he was definitely unprepared.

More about the war…

“A lot of people put their reputations on the line and said the weapons of mass destruction is a reason to remove Saddam Hussein,” Bush said. “It wasn’t just people in my administration. A lot of members in Congress, prior to my arrival in Washington, D.C., during the debate on Iraq, a lot of leaders of nations around the world were all looking at the same intelligence.

“I wish the intelligence had been different, I guess,” Bush added.

When pressed by Gibson, Bush declined to “speculate” on whether he would still have gone to war if he knew Hussein didn’t have weapons of mass destruction.

“That is a do-over that I can’t do,” Bush said.

Now, maybe my memory isn’t correct, but I seem to remember that Bush and Republicans have been saying that if they had to do it all over again, they would. This appears to contradict that.

So why can’t they admit that we don’t belong there and we shouldn’t continue to waste American blood and treasure on what is now widely regarded as one of the biggest foreign policy mistakes in modern American history?

January can get here soon enough…

  • Jeremy from Oregon

    It doesn’t matter what Bush admits. The people already know the truth. Bush’s presidency will be picked apart to pieces during the next coming decades, just like the Vietnam war was.

    You can’t spin the truth when you no longer have a mouthpiece. Bush’s mouthpieces have been thoroughly discredited along with Bush. Now’s the time to analyze America’s addiction to A-holes and why it keeps happening.

    At least we get good reading material for the next decade.

  • TerenceC

    Why – you ask? Because he’s a liar Justin – he’s been a liar virtually his entire presidency. He’s a disgrace to the office, a disgrace to the military, a disgrace to his family, and quite frankly a disgrace to every American citizen. It’s very big of him to “belly up” and admit that it “may” have been a mistake to indirectly order the deaths of over 4200 American soldiers for what amounts to no reason at all. I still have never heard an honest answer to the question “why are we in Irag?”. We’ve spent upwards of $1 Trillion dollars and no one seems to know where a great deal of that money has gone. It sickens me frankly that this man will actually walk away from the White House “scott free” – after all of his crimes (real or imagined)- no one pays except the average American. Wars are almost always fought so that the rich and powerful can hang onto their money and/or their power – but the people that pay the price and fight the wars are never rich or powerful – maybe there’s a lesson there we should all take to heart. Next time – Just say no…….

  • http://arsyante.blogspot.com reza from Indonesia

    1st thing 1st, sorry 4 my bad english
    i am Indonesian and a moslem
    i agree with bush policy about terrorism
    but i absolutely doesnt agree with iraq war
    the problem is in afghanistan, india, pakistan
    saddam already began to loose his power b4 the war, so what’s the point to go to iraq
    look what happen in taj mahal hotel in india
    US army concentrate in iraq, so al-qaeda regain its power after the fall of taliban in pakistan and afghan
    I am a moslem
    and Islam is not terrorist
    i believe in every religion have some fanatic believers
    jihad, martyrdom, etc already loose its meaning coz this fanatic translate it into violence act

  • nikolai

    bush was a puppet, plain and simple. He showed NO real leadership. Just look at the 9/11 “My Pet Goat” incident; he sat there waiting to be told what to do rather than jumping into the fray and demanding to know exactly what was happening and taking charge.

    Look at Katrina; instead of mobilizing all available resources in the area and in the surrounding states, he did NOTHING. He could have been a hero and at least SEEMED presidential (and turned his whole image around right then and there) by taking charge and saying (for example) “Damn the cost, I want every governor to send all they have to the gulf area!” Yet, he did NOTHING. Apparently he JUST DIDN’T have it in him.

    It’s obvious he just doesn’t have the “right stuff” and never did. For his whole “presidency” he was on “standby” waiting for orders from Dick and Karl that sometimes didn’t come. Fuc*ing pathetic.