Iraq, Katrina make me sick to date: Bush

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November 3, 2010 19:59

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Who: Former American President George Walker Bush.

What: Ex-U.S. President George W. Bush admitted he still feels sick about the failures in Iraq. “No one was more shocked and angry than I was when we didn’t find the weapons,” the former president wrote about Iraq in his autobiography titled ‘Decision Points’. “I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do”.

Where: The 64-year-old former president’s autobiography will be released in North America next week.

When: The revelations came on Wednesday, 3 November, when American channel NBC aired excepts of an interview of G.W. Bush that will be aired on next Monday, 8 November.

Why: In his memoirs, the former commander-in-chief defended most of his administration’s controversial decisions such as illegally invading and occupying Afghanistan and Iraq, torture including water-boarding against terror suspects, adding: “The Iraqi people are better off with a government that answers to them instead of torturing and murdering them”. However, he acknowledged mistakes committed by his team including reducing troop levels in Iraq after the initial invasion, slow response to Hurricane Katrina and appointing his close friends at top government positions.

How: G.W. Bush, also known as Dubya, dismissed allegations of not helping many Hurricane Katrina victims because of their Black origin. He also hoped that history will judge him better than U.S. voters, who gave him low approval ratings as his second term came to an end in 2008. “Whatever the verdict on my presidency, I’m comfortable with the fact that I won’t be around to hear it,” the most controversial former U.S. president of recent times recorded in his autobiography.

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