In a TV interview this week, George W. Bush said his number one regret was than no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were discovered after Iraq was invaded — even though multiple intelligence saources said Saddam Hussein had WMD….
George W Bush would not have ordered the invasion of Iraq if the intelligence had shown that Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction, according to his former chief adviser and closest confidant.
By Philip Sherwell
The Telegraph (UK)
Karl Rove made the claim as the president’s inner circle launched an unofficial “Bush legacy project”, with their old boss preparing to leave the White House next month.
The final mission on behalf of President Bush is reportedly being spearheaded by two trusted member of his Texan kitchen cabinet – Mr Rove, the architect of his two White House election triumphs, and Karen Hughes, his former communications chief.
They have been meeting senior figures in the current Administration to discuss how to “roll out the president’s legacy”, according to Stephen Hayes, a prominent conservative commentator and Vice-President Dick Cheney’s official biographer.
Part of that strategy is to “set the record straight”, a senior Republican strategist told The Sunday Telegraph, and Mr Rove’s assertion on Iraq appears to have been an opening salvo in that campaign. He is the most senior White House insider to state so firmly that the president would not have gone to war had the intelligence been different.