Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bush Upset He Cited WMD, Not ISIS As Grounds To Invade Iraq

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — (TYDN) Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that he was having second thoughts on his decision to invade Iraq on grounds that he believed Iraq's then-president, Saddam Hussein, had weapons of mass destruction, TheYellowDailyNews has learned.

"I should have picked ISIS, dammit," the nation's 43rd president said in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews here at the Bush compound on Walker's Point. "Everybody hated Saddam, but everybody really hates ISIS."

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Bush, in the 30-minute interview at the Bush family mansion here, said that 500,000 casualties resulting from the March 20, 2003 invasion might be more palatable had he given a legitimate reason to attack Iraq.

"I really think if we went after the right enemy to begin with, things would be different," said Bush, fresh from a mountain bike ride along his acreage that abuts the Atlantic Ocean.

War historians agreed, and said the former president showed great courage in his exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews.

"I think what the lesson here, and notwithstanding whether it will be followed, is that it's best to wage war not on a pretense, but for legitimate reasons," said University of Michigan history professor Rolf Gergstein, in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews. "I mean, if you're going to war, and all of these people are going to be killed and lives uprooted, you might has well as benefit from it. I applaud Bush for now recognizing that."

ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—is a Sunni jihadist group in the Middle East, claiming authority over all Muslims across the globe, and is attempting to bring Iraq and Syria under its immediate control through brutal sectarian violence.

ISIS burst into global consciousness in June when its fighters seized Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, after moving into Iraq from their base in Syria.

The Iraqi Army disappeared and the group declared a "caliphate," or Islamic state, that erased borders and imposed Taliban-like rule over a large territory, killing thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands more.

In response, President Barack Obama is mulling an Iraq re-invasion strategy.

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