QUESTION: I'd like to ask you, Mr. President — your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is: Why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, your Cabinet officers, former Cabinet officers, intelligence people and so forth — but what's your real reason? You have said it wasn't oil, the quest for oil. It hasn't been Israel or anything else. What was it?
QUESTION: And ...
BUSH: Hold on for a second, please. Excuse me. Excuse me. No president wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true. My attitude about the defense of this country changed on September the 11th. When we got attacked, I vowed then and there to use every asset at my disposal to protect the American people. Our foreign policy changed on that day. You know, we used to think we were secure because of oceans and previous diplomacy. But we realized on September the 11th, 2001, that killers could destroy innocent life. And I'm never going to forget it. And I'm never going to forget the vow I made to the American people, that we will do everything in our power to protect our people. Part of that meant to make sure that we didn't allow people to provide safe haven to an enemy, and that's why I went into Iraq.
BUSH: Hold on for a second. Excuse me for a second, please. Excuse me for a second. They did. The Taliban provided safe haven for al-Qaida.
BUSH: Helen, excuse me. That's where — Afghanistan provided safe haven for al-Qaida. That's where they trained, that's where they plotted, that's where they planned the attacks that killed thousands of innocent Americans. I also saw a threat in Iraq. I was hoping to solve this problem diplomatically. That's why I went to the Security Council. That's why it was important to pass 1441, which was unanimously passed. And the world said, Disarm, disclose or face serious consequences. And therefore, we worked with the world. We worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And when he chose to deny the inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I had the difficult decision to make to remove him. And we did. And the world is safer for it.
Sooooo.... Bush-war invaded Iraq just in case people (i.e. Iraq) might decide to "provide safe haven" for Al Qaeda. Even though their leader (Hussein) hated Al Quaeda and refused their entry into Iraq.
And Hussein "chose to deny the inspectors". Even though Hussein didn't deny the inspectors and Bush-war ordered the inspectors to leave Iraq so that he could procede unhindered with his invasion and massive slaughter/genocide.
Silly me, I thought Bush-war invaded insignificant, non-threatening Iraq to
Bush-war continues to lie in public, the "press" continues to let him lie (except for Helen Thomas, it seems) and the public continues to sit back and ignore it all. What a pathetic nation we've become. Until we rise up and throw away this vile garbage inhabiting the White House and Congress, we deserve every horrific consequence that has, and will continue, to come our way.
How embarrassing it is to be an American.
UPDATE: Read this stirring piece.