As Bush prepares to hand over to president-elect Barack Obama on January 20 and return to his home in Texas, he acknowledged he had experienced some let-downs during his two terms in office.
"There have been disappointments. You know, not having weapons of mass destruction was a big disappointment," he said, referring to his administration's earlier assertions that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was stockpiling such arms.
The accusations were used as the basis for the US-led invasion of Iraq, but were subsequently found to be baseless.
"I don't know if you want to call those mistakes or not, but things didn't go according to plan, let's put it that way," Bush said.
Personally I think not having WMDs in the hands of maniacs like Saddam Hussein is good news - a great relief in fact, but Bush thinks differently - we've always known that.
I could understand it if Bush had stated ""There have been disappointments. You know, rushing to judgment and intentionally relying on bad information as a justification to enter Iraq was a big disappointment".... but then he'd be acknowledging he'd made a mistake.
This Republican administration will never admit it when they mistakes, and Bush will never come right out and say "I was wrong." That will require admitting that he and his administration blundered and made poor choices which resulted in the the death of thousands of soldiers and innocent civilians, not to mention the waste of nearly a trillion tax dollars.
That would require being honest with the American people, something these Republicans have great difficulty with.
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