By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer Thu Dec 15, 6:01 AM ET
President Bush said Wednesday the responsibility for invading Iraq based in part on faulty weapons intelligence rested solely with him, taking on the issue in his most direct and personal terms in the 1,000-plus days since the war's first shots.
"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.
Problems with this:
- There are a shitload of evil dictators out there. Has a precendent been set? Or is it possible that we won't care much about the innocent lives of people who's countries don't supply the world with oil?
- Saddam seems to have been one of the few things keeping Iran in check. Ever since the invasion and occupation Iran has been getting more and more handsy with nukes and just yesterday declared that the Holocaust was a "myth".
- We still don't have an exit plan. I mean, are we just going to hang out in Iraq forever?
- While we occupying Iraq, Osama is still just...out there. Doing stuff. Raising money. Planning shit. Can someone tell me what the hell we're doing about that? It seems like all our resources are tied up in Iraq.
- What about the vilification of people in the press who've stood up against the war? Will Plamegate just get pushed under the rug?
I mean, I'm glad he's finally admitting things and owning up to the mistakes but it doesn't seem like he's offering much to build a future on. And people keep saying, "Would you rather be fighting them there or fighting them here?"
And my answer is there, of course, but London and Madrid thought they were making that choice, too, and in the end what good did it do?