Mar. 20, 2013 | The Daily Currant
Former U.S. president George W. Bush apologized for the Iraq War today, saying the conflict was "his biggest mistake".
In a statement released to a Texas newspaper, the 66-year old Bush said he meant well when he sent America to war but asked the American people to forgive what in retrospect was "a clear example of poor judgement".
The admission comes on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, which began in 2003 and ended in 2011 with over 36,000 American casualties and estimates of over 100,000 civilian deaths.
"After the events of September the 11th, I focused all my energy on protecting America from the next attack," the statement reads, "Regrettably in our zeal to defend America, my administration exaggerated threats which - although real - did not constitute a clear and present danger to the United States.
"After my presidency I have come to the belief that the Iraq War, although well intentioned, was unnecessary and too costly to justify. I deeply apologize to the American people and to our soldiers and veterans in particular for engaging them in such a conflict."
Shock and Awe
Bush also used his statement to address some of the lingering controversies surrounding the war, and showed remarkable honesty and contrition.
"In the run up to the war," he continued,"my administration made claims that turned out not to be factual. Personally, I truly believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. But when we couldn't find the evidence, we fabricated it.
"It was wrong to misoverexaggerate the nature of the threat. And although men like #$%$ Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Douglas Feith were the most directly involved, ultimately I was the man at the top and I accept full responsibility.
"Additionally, once we went to war we should have gone in with a detailed plan. I thought it was more important to topple Hussein quickly than to plan for the post-occupation. Clearly I was wrong, and I am sorry.
"The entire war was the biggest mistake of my life. I have asked my god for his forgiveness, and now I ask the American people. I hope history records that I was a good person, just trying to do the right thing."
In response to Bush's statement, former Vice-President #$%$ Cheney gave an interview to NewsMax in which he labeled Bush's apology "childish" and defended his actions during the war.
"I still believe that the world is a better place without the tyranny of Saddam Hussein," Cheney said, "It's a shame junior no longer agrees and has joined the Cindy Sheehan wing of the Republican party."
Sentiment: Strong Buy
That is the first thing that man has ever said that I respect him for. I dont believe it to some degree, Iraq was planned by his key administrative people BEFORE they came in office. There is plenty about that that is factual. But I do think he was overtaken by Cheney and Wolfowitz, Pearl and a whole host of ninnies who thought they knew better and were going to use a war to reshape the country, and they created the case for war, willfully. I think Bush, having been swept into office through their little engineered coup, in 2000, couldn't do as much as he probably wanted to change things once he had those evil people as his backers.
Re: "I can think of a few recent issues that the Currant would enjoy messing with. All the BS sequestration panic would be a hoot."
BOB WOODWARD CLAIMS AMTRAK CHIEF TRYING TO KILL HIM
Feb. 28, 2013, The Daily Currant
Famed journalist Bob Woodward claimed today that the head of Amtrak is trying to kill him.
The surprising charge stems from an email Woodward received last week referencing a "bullet train" Amtrak is hoping to build from Chicago to St. Louis.
Although the message reads like a perfectly innocuous request for a journalist to cover a story, the frequent use of the word "bullet" has left Woodward fearing for his life.
The venerable Washington Post writer of Watergate fame has been hiding out at an "undisclosed location" in the Washington, D.C. area for the past few days and will remain in "deep cover" until the heat dies down.
All The King's Horses
News of Woodward's ordeal comes just days after he accused Gene Sperling, an economic adviser in President Obama's administration, of sending a "threatening" email AFTER WOODWARD CHALLENGED OBAMA'S VERSION OF EVENTS OVER HOW THE INDISCRIMINATE BUDGET CUT KNOWN AS "THE SEQUESTER" CAME INTO BEING.
A subsequent release of the emails in question found Woodward to be exaggerating, with the aide writing in a deferential and apologetic tone.
In an interview over a secure satellite phone, Woodward says this time it's different and that he really is under threat.
"This guy, this Amtrak guy he sends me an email out of the blue," Woodward said. "And it was all like BULLET this and BULLET that. And then he said something about THROUGH THE HEART.
"And I was like 'Oh my god this guy is trying to send me a message!' So I activated my super-secret emergency plan, and I'm not leaving my safe-house until I get the all clear."
Politico later obtained a copy of the email in question, which is reprinted below:
I am just reaching out to you wondering if you'd be interesting in covering a story for us. As you may know Amtrak is going to be announcing the construction of a new high-speed or 'bullet train' from Chicago to St. Louis early next month. The new train is going to be the fastest in service in North America and one of the fastest in the world. Once completed you can get from the Windy City to the Gateway Arch in just over an hour. Now that really is faster than a speeding bullet! So far we haven't been able to get a lot of press coverage, but this train will cut right though the heart of Illinois, which is where I understand you're from. So it'd be great if you could do your hometown a service and cast a national spotlight on this exciting new train project.
Joseph H. Boardman, President, AMTRAK
Sentiment: Strong Buy