Giving credit to George W. Bush

I’m willing to give credit where credit is due… and believe it or not, I think George W. Bush deserves some credit for saying this last night.

Our coalition confronted a regime that… possessed, we believed, weapons of mass destruction.
After the swift fall of Baghdad, we found mass graves filled by a dictator; we found some capacity to restart programs to produce weapons of mass destruction, but we did not find those weapons.

Constrast that with this from 2002, from Dick Cheney:

Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.

Bush also said this last night:

It is true that many nations believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. But much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As your President, I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq.

That’s in contrast with this by George Bush on January 23rd, 2003:

Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.

Contrary to what some may believe, I do not take any form of happiness from this change of heart. Instead it leaves me deeply saddened that the most powerful man in the world could have made such a terribly misguided decision and face no consequences

I could get fired from my job for, say, shooting a coworker.

But the President of the United States (who won’t be up for reelection anyway) suffers no consequence after taking his country to war for all the wrong reasons and in the process killling over 32000 Iraqis and US Soldiers.

That’s beyond unfair.

That’s criminal.

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