“Knowing what I know today”

Here is an interesting excerpt from yesterday’s question & answer session by President Bush in the White House Rose Garden. When asked how the new Uber-Intel Czar proposed by the 9/11 comission would prevent future intelligence failures like the one preceding the “war” in Iraq Bush replied:

First of all, we all thought we’d find stockpiles of weapons. We may still find weapons. We haven’t found them yet. Every person standing up here would say, gosh, we thought it was going to be different, as did the Congress, by the way, members of both parties, and the United Nations.

But what we do know is that Saddam Hussein had the capability of making weapons.

And let me just say this to you. Knowing what I know today, we still would have gone on into Iraq. We still would have gone to make our country more secure. He had the capability of making weapons. He had terrorist ties. (emphasis added)

Well, gosh, isn’t this comforting? Knowing what he knows today… Bush would STILL have gone in and attacked Iraq. This precedent should have many third-world countries crapping their loin-cloths right now because the Axis of Evil just expanded to include every non-democratic society in the world. Hey, if you aren’t with us…

» Text of Bush Remarks [post-gazette.com]

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