Bush: we went to war on faulty intelligence

President Bush has admitted for the first time that his decision to go to war in Iraq was based on faulty intelligence. But he still said that the decision to remove Saddam Hussein had been “the right one”.

Mr Bush said that tomorrow’s parliamentary elections in Iraq are a watershed moment that will inspire democracy across the Middle East.

But with public opinion still running against his mission, the President still was left defending his decision to go to war nearly three years ago.

It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As president I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq,” he told a foreign policy forum on the eve of elections to establish Iraq’s first permanent, democratically elected government.

“And I’m also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities. And we’re doing just that.”

“We are in Iraq today because our goal has always been more than the removal of brutal dictator,” he said.

"It is to leave a free and democratic Iraq in his place.

“My decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision. Saddam was a threat and the American people and the world is better off because he is no longer in power,” the President told the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars.

Hey, he got the intelligence results he wanted, wrong or not. “I am responsible…” That’s a new twist!

He said he is responsible for:

  1. The decision to go in

and

  1. Fixing the intelligence service.

Which isn’t quite being responsible for tempting the intelligence service to slant their report by being too clear about what he might like to hear. That he may not be resposible for. Stay tuned!