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Bush Says Only Regret Of Iraq War Is Rise Of ISIS

Former President George W. Bush says if he had do it all over again he would still invade Iraq. His only regret is that due to his actions he created a vacuum that allowed ISIS to rise to power – a group he referred to as “Al-Qaeda plus.” Left out were the thousands of American casualties and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian casualties as well as exacerbating sectarian problems in the Middle East.

In an interview with CBS News Bush said he was surprised Saddam Hussein did not take him at his word and leave Iraq something he learned from an FBI interview that was conducted after Hussein was captured by US forces. Bush was promoting a book he had written about his father and admitted he was “defensive” when it came to the charge that he was finishing what his father had started with the first Iraq war saying in both cases that war was chosen by Hussein.

Bush, 68, who was speaking to U.S. network CBS News in a two-part interview, said that he believed he had taken “the right decision” to take over Iraq in 2003 and oust its longtime leader, Saddam Hussein.

But he added: “My regret is that…a violent group of people have risen up again…This is ‘Al-Qaeda plus’…they need to be defeated. And I hope we do…I hope the strategy works.”

The former president claimed both he and his father were right and reiterated that his rationale for invading was the fear after 9/11 of terrorists having access to weapons of mass destruction – the lack of WMDs in Iraq was never made a serious issue in the interview. CBS continued in the tradition of CNN of allowing George W. Bush a forum to promote himself and defend his administration while facing no real criticism or challenge.

Bush also discussed the possibility that his brother Jeb would run for president and put the odds at 50-50. Will there be a third Bush presidency?

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Former President George W. Bush says if he had do it all over again he would still invade Iraq. His only regret is that due to his actions he created a vacuum that allowed ISIS to rise to power – a group he referred to as “Al-Qaeda plus.” Left out were the thousands of American casualties and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian casualties as well as exacerbating sectarian problems in the Middle East.

In an interview with CBS News Bush said he was surprised Saddam Hussein did not take him at his word and leave Iraq something he learned from an FBI interview that was conducted after Hussein was captured by US forces. Bush was promoting a book he had written about his father and admitted he was “defensive” when it came to the charge that he was finishing what his father had started with the first Iraq war saying in both cases that war was chosen by Hussein.

Bush, 68, who was speaking to U.S. network CBS News in a two-part interview, said that he believed he had taken “the right decision” to take over Iraq in 2003 and oust its longtime leader, Saddam Hussein.

But he added: “My regret is that…a violent group of people have risen up again…This is ‘Al-Qaeda plus’…they need to be defeated. And I hope we do…I hope the strategy works.”

The former president claimed both he and his father were right and reiterated that his rationale for invading was the fear after 9/11 of terrorists having access to weapons of mass destruction – the lack of WMDs in Iraq was never made a serious issue in the interview. CBS continued in the tradition of CNN of allowing George W. Bush a forum to promote himself and defend his administration while facing no real criticism or challenge.

Bush also discussed the possibility that his brother Jeb would run for president and put the odds at 50-50. Will there be a third Bush presidency?

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