In this excerpt, the President flatly refutes the two reasons he and his administration used to goad Congress and frighten the American public into the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
This is the first time the President or Vice President have publicly admitted that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, and was not connected to the 9/11 attacks.
"BUSH: Now, look, I -- part of the reason we went into Iraq was -- the main reason we went into Iraq at the time was we thought he had weapons of mass destruction. It turns out he didn't, but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction...
You know, I've heard this theory about, you know, everything was just fine until we arrived and, you know, kind of -- the "stir up the hornet's nest" theory. It just doesn't hold water as far as I'm concerned. The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East. They were --
QUESTION: What did Iraq have to do with that?
BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?
QUESTION: The attack on the World Trade Center.
BUSH: Nothing, except for it's part of -- and nobody's ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a -- Iraq -- the lesson of September the 11th is take threats before they fully materialize, Ken.
Nobody's ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.."
Thus, pretenses for the Bush/Cheney War in Iraq were 100% false. And yet the President today insisted that "We’re not leaving so long as I’m the president. That would be a huge mistake."
$435 billion of US taxpayers' funds, more than 2,600 US soldiers dead and almost 20,000 more seriously wounded, for an invasion and occupation based on bad intelligence and ginned-up falsehoods... a war that's obviously morphed into bloody civil insurrection that nurtures more terrorists than it kills.
Why would leaving Iraq be "a huge mistake," Mr, President? A mistake for whom? Republican election hopes in November 2006?
Iraq War Statistics & Results as of August 2006