WASHINGTON (CNN) — On the eve of Iraq’s historic election, President Bush took responsibility Wednesday for “wrong” intelligence that led to the war, but he said removing Saddam Hussein was still necessary.
“It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong,” Bush said during his fourth and final speech before Thursday’s vote for Iraq’s parliament. “As president I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq. And I’m also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities. And we’re doing just that.”
“My decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision,” the president said. “Saddam was a threat and the American people, and the world is better off because he is no longer in power.”
There is going to be a ton of material written about this, but I have one initial question. Why did it take so long for him to say this. I supported the decision to go to war and think that based upon what we knew it was the right thing, but nonetheless I still want to know why is he saying this now. Why was it not said earlier.