The man is a sociopath. The most miserably embarrassing photo op in history — “Mission Accomplished” (and I know Mike Dukakis in a tank was awful in its own way), is something Bush would do all over again. This is going to air on the O’Reilly Factor. (Reuters)
President Bush said he had no regrets about donning a flight suit to give his “Mission Accomplished” speech on Iraq in May 2003 and would do it all over again if he had the chance, according to excerpts from an television interview released on Sunday.
When asked by Fox News if he still would have put on a flight suit to declare major combat operations in Iraq over, Bush replied, “Absolutely.”
When Bush gave his May 1 speech fewer than 150 Americans had died in the war. Since then more than 900 have died. Amid a rising U.S. death toll and a rash of abductions and beheadings in Iraq, some members of Bush’s own Republican Party have criticized him for not doing enough to secure insurgent areas in Iraq sooner.
But Bush said he also did not regret the decision to withdraw U.S. forces from the rebel stronghold of Falluja earlier this year because he believed the conflict there could have jeopardized the June handover of sovereignty to Iraqis.
In response to Bush’s remarks, Kerry ripped him a new one:
Kerry, arriving in Madison, Wisconsin for debate preparations, called the statement “unbelievable.”
“I will never be a president who just says mission accomplished. I will get the mission accomplished,” said the Massachusetts senator. “That’s the difference.”