On the eve of historic parliamentary elections in Iraq, US President George W. Bush has finally accepted responsibility for the debacle otherwise known as the war in Iraq. More specifically, he acknowledged that intelligence failed, but remained confident in his decision to go to war in Iraq.
“It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong,” Bush said. “As president, I’m responsible for the decision to go into Iraq.”
The president’s mea culpa was accompanied by a robust defense of the divisive war.
“Saddam was a threat — and the American people and the world is better off because he is no longer in power,” Bush declared, as he has before.
Too little, too late? The speech was no doubt designed to try and improve Bush’s approval rating, nothing more. As a purely political play, I’d guess it will probably go over quite well with the American public.
As far as I am concerned, Bush getting rid of Saddam was a good thing. At least we know that Bush himself will be out of power in a few years. Who knows when the tragedies Saddam carried out would have ended?
Read: Yahoo News