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Bush Says Electing Democratic President Could Lead to New Attack On U.S.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


President George W. Bush said Tuesday he was disappointed in "flawed intelligence" before the Iraq war and was concerned that if a Democrat wins the presidency in November and withdrew troops prematurely it could "eventually lead to another attack on the United States."

In an interview with the political newspaper Politico and the Internet portal Yahoo, Bush also said he gave up golf in 2003 out of respect for U.S. soldiers killed in the war, which has now lasted more than five years.

"I didn't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf," he said. "I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

Bush said he made his decision after the August 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.

A question submitted from the online audience asked Bush whether he felt he had been misled about Iraq as he made the decision to go to war.

"`Misled' is a strong word," he said. "Not only our intelligence community, but intelligence communities all across the world shared the same assessment. And so I was disappointed to see how flawed our intelligence was."

"Do I think somebody lied to me? No, I don't. I think it was just, you know, they analyzed the situation and came up with the wrong conclusion," he added.

He acknowledged concerns about leaving the unfinished Iraq war to a Democratic successor.

"Both Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have said they will — my own judgment is, is that race will only enter in if it's provoked by the press."

— Said he would return to using e-mail after he leaves office, saying he gave it up to avoid leaks. He said he looks forward to "e-mailing to my buddies. I can remember as governor I stayed in touch with all kinds of people around the country, firing off e-mails at all times of the day to stay in touch with my pals."


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May. 14th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, like the Rethuglicans haven't said some variation on this every time there's been an election for the past 8 years?
May. 14th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
President Bush's Performance
My husband and I are very thankful for the leadership and protection that President Bush has given us over the last 7 years. We would rather fight "terrorism" over there than here. No one has any idea how many attacks have been diffused since 9/11/2001, but there have been plenty. It is so easy to criticize when you are not the one responsible. I have two nephews who are in the Army and the Air Force, and are proud to serve under President Bush. And we might look at a year ago before the "democrats" got control of Congress, at gas prices, etc. Should we blame the economy on Bush???
May. 14th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: President Bush's Performance
What world are you living in Anonymous???? Of course Bush is responsible. He and his cronies have been duping the Americans for years. I'm willing to bet that your nephews have a jaded look if they've served for any length of time overseas. Unfortunately, because of this Administration, they won't have access to the proper medical and psychological treatment they deserve.
As far as the economy, you can blame the Democrats if you wish but keep in mind that Bush continues to veto bills that benefit the public and work against his buddies in big business.
Frankly, Bush and Cheney should have been impeached a while ago for lying to the public and keeping their personal interests profitting by the war we never should have gotten into.
May. 14th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
bush and golfing
simply trying to complete a normal sentence poses a challenge to Bush...Mom's and Dad's of soldiers are probably not as concerned about what appearance his golf game gives, but more importantly will they have a job when they return and can they afford the gasoline to drive to that job!!
May. 15th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
My eyes rolled so hard, I could have sworn they squeaked...
I thought Olbermann was going to rupture something.
May. 15th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
Re: My eyes rolled so hard, I could have sworn they squeaked...
Here is a better link than the one I posted above:
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