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Killing Saddam “Was Thing Right Decision Then; It’s The Right Deicision Today…”

One can never fault the president for going off message as he spins his reality his way. Have a look at this interesting response to a very interesting question and see what you think. While you read the president (unscripted as the way I like to read him) ask yourself if he is in denial:

Q Thank you. Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, the war in Iraq, if we could stay on that subject for just a minute. I mean, it’s been going on for almost five years. Is there anything you would have done differently, Mr. President, if you had known back then in 2003 what you know today?

PRESIDENT BUSH: That’s an interesting question. One thing I wouldn’t do differently is leave Saddam Hussein in power. It was the right decision then; it’s the right decision today; and it will be viewed as the right decision when history is finally written.

Look, I mean, there’s going to be ample time to second-guess decisions, and I’ll let the historians do that. A war is constantly changing, and what appears to have been an easy decision today might have been a lot difficult when you take it — put it in historical context. And so my focus, sir, is moving forward and making sure this progress that we’re watching continues.

And there’s been some ups and downs, obviously. I mean, the great moments were, of course, the writing of a modern constitution for the Middle East, and votes for a president and a parliament. And then 2006 came along, and an enemy was able to stir up unbelievable sectarian hatred and violence. And so I had a choice to make, you know — accept it and allow for failure, or do something about it. And obviously I chose the latter, which was — I wouldn’t call that exactly a popular decision. But if you follow popularity as your guide, then you sacrifice principle and vision.

And so — look, this is a — this will be an important chapter of my presidency, and they’ll be analyzing these decisions for a long time. And I just got to tell you, I’ve got great faith in the capacity of democracy to be transformati ve, not only for the people of Iraq, but for the region. And that’s why we’re discussing with the Iraqis a long-term security agreement to have a — have the kind of effect that will enable people to be confident to make hard decisions when it comes to reconciliati on and political progress.

But the historians, I’m sure, will find ample — well, there’s some short-term historians already trying to find some ample opportunity to figure out what went right or what went wrong, what we could have done differently. But there’s no such thing as accurate short-term history, as far as I’m concerned. There needs to be time for people to be able to see and put things in proper perspective.

If you ask me, the fundamental flaw with Bush’s position is that one middle statement: as if any decision to enter war is “easy.” I don’t think so. That is the chutzpah driven notion that his position was and always has been right, and to make decisions based on faith over fact.

We are witnessing the very damaging effect of exactly that. When some one makes decisions based on beliefs and faith over fact, it seems that could be one thing we would expect a president to rectify. It’s funny how the president interpreted this question, and even more disturbing was his answer.

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6 Responses to “Killing Saddam “Was Thing Right Decision Then; It’s The Right Deicision Today…””

  1. I say how many different ways is Bush supposed to answer the same question being asked 100 times.

    What facts was he disregarding . These?

    http://www.f reedomagenda .com/iraq/wm d_quotes.htm l

  2. Windspike,
    historical context. Peak oil has occurred and bush cheney made a play for the second largest reserves on the planet. they tried to do it on the cheap and failed. Even though we hung Sadam, we are now bankrupt, in recession, and about to experience the largest depression anyone can imagine. There was a way to adjust without war, but it is now lost and the rest of the soon starving world will not come to our rescue. google LATOC and get some understandin g of your world. Human nature says Bush made a rational move, even though i didn’t agree but they screwed it up and our lifestyles are going to change. soft landings are no longer possible. invest in gold, silver, liquor, heritages seeds and ammunition.

    I am sitting here watching Kudlow and his comments represent many of the comments i read on the internet and hear on the tv today and it makes me very concerned for my species. Lube up guys and gals. The very timbers supporting our culture and way of life are on fire.

    I’m back and the truth is on my mind.

    cheers

    cheers

  3. Is there anything you would have done differently, Mr. President, if you had known back then in 2003 what you know today?

    Notice he never answers the question. Perhaps he is too uninform, like not knowing that gas might go to $4.00 a gallon.

  4. Bush will never admit to making the biggest foreign policy mistake in American history. Having grown up being bailed out of every DUI and military obligation by Pappy’s intervention he is pathological ly incapable of accepting responsibili ty for anything.

    Has he not noticed that it is now Iran’s Ahmadinejad who is being greeted with hearts and flowers? When the US is finally forced to leave Iraq they will leave behind the very real possibility of a Shiite superstate threatening the Middle East for decades to come. Heckuva job, Chimpy!

  5. Sad, Windspike is a stickler for demanding proof and links for allegations  (just ask Lisa), so you will need to provide links for the following if you wish to not be berated by the host:

    “Having grown up being bailed out of every DUI and military obligation by Pappy’s intervention he is pathological ly incapable of accepting responsibili ty for anything.”

  6. thanks for moderating, Man, but I don’t think your comment was generally benevolent, was it? Care to actually comment on the post, or would you just like to stick to your modus operandi of diverting the conversation  ? It’s a nice Rovian ploy.

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