Bush & Cheney Exit Interviews — The Iraq War & No Weapons of Mass Destruction

Dec 15, 2008 6:16pm

Vice President Dick Cheney has sat down for a so called "exit interview".  Looking back on the decision to invade Iraq – the seminal decision of the Bush presidency — Cheney said he believed the administration would have still gone to war even if the intelligence found Saddam didn’t have weapons of mass destruction.  Here are some salient quotes on the subject from the Vice President: "As I look at the intelligence with respect to Iraq, what they got wrong was that there weren’t any stockpiles." "What they found was that Saddam Hussein still had the capability to produce weapons of mass destruction. He had the technology, he had the people, he had the basic feed stock." "This was a bad actor and the country’s better off, the world’s better off with Saddam gone, and I think we made the right decision in spite of the fact that the original NIE was off in some of its major judgments." President Bush sat down for an exit interview during the Thanksgiving week.  On the same subject (going to war with Iraq and flawed intelligence on weapons of mass destruction) here are some quotes from the President: "I wish the intelligence had been different, I guess." When Bush was asked to speculate on whether he would have still gone to war if he knew Saddam did not have weapons of mass destruction:  "That is a do-over that I can’t do," Bush said. "A lot of people put their reputations on the line and said the weapons of mass destruction is a reason to remove Saddam Hussein," Bush said. "It wasn’t just people in my administration. A lot of members in Congress, prior to my arrival in Washington, D.C., during the debate on Iraq, a lot of leaders of nations around the world were all looking at the same intelligence."

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