The end of the Bush era is at hand, and I couldn’t be happier. The guy has been a disaster nationally and internationally and while his incompetence and hubris have left our nation far weaker than it was eight years, ago, I’m starting to feel just a little bit bad for W:
On the war in Iraq, Bush said the biggest regret of his presidency was the “intelligence failure” regarding the extent of the Saddam Hussein threat to the United States. With the support of Congress, Bush ordered the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 — a decision largely justified on grounds — later proved false — that Saddam was building weapons of mass destruction.
Asked if he would have ordered the U.S.-led invasion if intelligence reports had accurately indicated that Saddam did not have the weapons, Bush replied: “You know, that’s an interesting question. That is a do-over that I can’t do. It’s hard for me to speculate.”
It would be easy for me to write an “I-told-you-so” paragraph on this one, but I won’t. But it’s hard to him to speculate whether or not he would have invaded Iraq if he had known that Iraq posed no threat to us?
I’m starting to feel a little bit less bad for him.
On the presidential election, Bush called Barack Obama‘s victory a “repudiation of Republicans.”
“I’m sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me,” said Bush, who leaves office with low approval ratings. “I think most people voted for Barack Obama because they decided they wanted him to be in their living room for the next four years explaining policy. In other words, they made a conscious choice to put him in as president.”
George, yes, Obama’s victory was largely a repudiation of GOPers, but that’s mostly because Republicans were so closely associated with you that it was nearly impossible for a guy like McCain to make a plausible argument that he wouldn’t continue your policy.
And again, yes, George, people voted for Obama because of you and also because they they want an intelligent thoughtful guy in their explaining policies to them. Americans are seeking intelligent leadership, George, and that’s largely because of the way you have governed.
But for some reason, despite my years of being an anti-Bush partisan, I’m really am starting to feel a little bit sad for Bush as he moves on to retirement in Texas or exile in Paraguay.
I fear I’m entirely too forgiving.