Iraqi armed forces were composed largely of Shia conscripts and contained substantial anti-regime elements, and thus many of the government's troops quickly switched sides and defected to the rebels.
A dozen years too late, President George H. Bush has given voice to his doubts about the wisdom of rushing into the Iraq War, putting much of the blame on President George W.
Bush, the 41st President, have brought me a painful flashback to the deceptive, destructive yet at the same time highly instructive years andwhen his son George W. Bush, the 43rd President, attacked Iraq.
Reality should trump rhetoric regarding that godforsaken war in my view the most unprincipled and consequential foreign policy blunder in U. This may be reason enough to renew focus on those years because, for many Americans, those events remain cloaked in mystery and misunderstanding.
Also present is Chief of Staff Andy Card on right. White House photo With his candor about his eldest son, the year-old Bush patriarch also has sounded what may be the death knell for the moribund campaign of his younger son Jeb to be president I do not suggest that 41 did that consciously.
Despite the propaganda and more tangible signs of incipient war in Iraq, my former intelligence analyst colleagues and I with considerable professional experience watching other countries prepare for aggression against others were finding it difficult to believe that the United States of America would be doing precisely that.
But that, sadly, is what happened. On March 19,U. That not one of the white-collar crooks responsible for the war and ensuing chaos has been held accountable is an indelible blot not only on our country, but also on international law and custom.
After all, the U. And, in the wake of this criminality, bedlam now reigns across large swaths of the Middle East driving millions of refugees into neighboring countries and Europe. The reality that President George W. Bush and his co-conspirators remain unpunished makes a mockery of the commitment to the transcendent importance of evenhanded justice as expressed on Aug.
I simply cannot imagine what it must be like to be a former President with a son, also a former President, undeniably responsible for such trespass on law for such widespread killing, injury and abject misery.
It is something of a stretch, but I have tried to put myself into the shoes of the elder Bush. In them I find myself insecure and struggling like Jacob before his dream about wrestling with God.
He cannot overcome his fear and is powerless to control his fate. Jacob is aware that he is at a pivotal juncture but he is physically spent.
Alone in the wilderness facing death, he collapses into a deep sleep, only to find himself wrestling all night with God.
At daybreak he awakes with an injured hip; he is disabled but his life is spared. What author Meacham has written suggests to me the possibility that the sins of the son are being visited on the father, to reverse one familiar Biblical expression.
In these circumstances, the tendency to require that thugs like Cheney and Rumsfeld bear their share of the blame seems quite human.
The son might even have paid more heed to the experienced cautions of the father and his associates.–George W. Bush, President of the United States of America The United States and the world has a duty to disarm a rogue nation like Iraq.
Saddam Hussein is a tyrant that has demonstrated a complete disregard for human life and should be brought to justice.
George W. Bush: I Don't Regret Waging War Against Iraq In CBS interview, former president says invasion—despite hundreds of thousands killed and the regional conflict unleashed by war of choice—was the "right decision". On this day in , President George W. Bush addresses the nation via live television and announces that Operation Iraqi Freedom has begun.
Start studying Gov FInal. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Which of the following was a fundamental part of the George W. Bush administration's case for the war in Iraq?
During the height of the Cold War, what would the United States likely have done if it had discovered that the. A transcript of George Bush's war ultimatum speech from the Cross Hall in the White House events in Iraq have now reached the final days of decision.
the United States and other nations.