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Friday, July 07, 2006

What color is the sky in their world?

George and Laura explain to Larry King how George figured out war makes people grieve, and why it's still a good thing Saddam Hussein is not in power.

G. BUSH: We want to solve all problems diplomatically. That's our first option. But, of course, the president has got other options.

KING: Was Iraq then a diplomatic failure?

G. BUSH: Well, you could say that, after 17 U.N. resolutions.

KING: Concerning Iraq, do you ever have doubts about it? Do you ever say, you know, "The country obviously turns one way. Things don't look great sometimes. People are kind of down?" Does it ever get to you to say -- and this is for both of you. Does it ever get to you to say, "Maybe, maybe it was wrong?"

G. BUSH: The decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision and I'm actually convinced it was. Where I get mad is when I -- you know, that some grieving mom or wife or dad has lost their loved one and that's the agony of war. And I've met with enough families to know how it's broken their heart to lose a loved one.

But I made the decision and we will succeed in Iraq, unless we decide to quit. And success in Iraq will be really important for the world. It's important for there to be a democracy in the heart of the Middle East. Things don't happen quickly when it comes to helping a nation go from a tyranny to a democracy. But the Iraqi people were given a chance to vote and they did overwhelmingly. And now we're working with entity, government, to help succeed. And when we succeed, I think they'll look back at this moment in history and say it's the beginning of changing the conditions that caused there to be such resentment that people would be willing to commit suicide, acts of suicide against U.S. citizens.

KING: You have had doubts?

L. BUSH: I feel exactly like George does. I think it's really the right thing to do. I think if you look back and we -- Saddam Hussein was still there. And nothing had ever been done, and 17 resolutions had been passed and he had never complied with any of those resolutions. But then George would be blamed, the president would be blamed, the United States would be blamed for not doing anything.
I especially like the "I'm actually convinced it was," as if that makes his opinion more valid than it is lunatic. Notice, too, that "success" is still defined in terms of "no more suicide bombers." Which can only mean US troops will not be withdrawn until the insurgency stops. But almost everyone else (including the insurgents) understands the killings won't stop, until the troops are withdrawn.

The prospects for peace are awful.

And Laura thinks "the President" would have been blamed had we done nothing to make Iraq comply with the "17 resolutions" of the UN. Really? At least 50,000 dead Iraqis later, and she's still making that argument? I wonder who in the world is held accountable for the situation in Iraq now?

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