January 22, 2009

Karl Rove: Bush was Right About Iraq

Posted: 10:40 AM ET

By Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George Bush.

Its call sign has always been Air Force One. But on Tuesday, it was Special Air Mission 28000, as former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura returned home to Texas on a plane full of family, friends, former staff and memories of eight years in the White House.

The former president and his wife thanked each passenger, showing the thoughtfulness and grace so characteristic of this wonderful American family.

A video tribute produced warm laughter and inevitable tears. There was no bitterness, but rather a sense of gratitude - gratitude for the opportunity to serve, for able and loyal colleagues, and above all for our country and its people.

Yet, as Mr. Bush left Washington, in a last angry frenzy his critics again distorted his record, maligned his character and repeated untruths about his years in the Oval Office. Nothing they wrote or said changes the essential facts.

To start with, Mr. Bush was right about Iraq. The world is safer without Saddam Hussein in power. And the former president was right to change strategy and surge more U.S. troops.

(Read the rest of Rove's commentary HERE)

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Arrest Bush/Cheney et al   January 22nd, 2009 10:52 am ET

Since this mutt Karl Rove is a "et al," arrest and waterboard this "sideline sadist."

N II   January 22nd, 2009 11:18 am ET

Karl Rove, you might be a political genius but, Bush was not anywhere close to being right about the Iraq. Bush Administration went in Iraq out of means of Choice and not necessity. Everyone can see the facts. U.N disagrees with Bush on Iraq but, since U.N is like U.S toy ground, The United States does not need their approval for anything.

Vincent Nizzardi   January 22nd, 2009 12:03 pm ET

Larry-Baby, Karl is dead wrong. Mr. Bush is an honorable man, and he did everything he thought was right for America, based on the intellegence he receved. Having said that, we invaided a country of whom had nothing to do with the bombing of the world trade center.
2 Things,

(1) If it is able to hold on, history will show that the democracy we set up in Iraq, helped changed the hearts and minds that have been against westerners, and in the end, provide additional safety for Americans
(2) If Democracy does not hold, and the country reverts back to it's old ways when we fully leave in about 18 months, then it was all for nothing

Finally, If #1 turns out to be the case, then all the lives, and money spent there was a worthy sacrifice. BUT, if #2 turns out to be the final result, then that will truely be a sad realitization for America

pbishop   January 22nd, 2009 12:45 pm ET

Go away Fatface! You and the LDS used a weak George Bush to enrich the LDS church in a shroud of secrecy. If the world knew the extent, we would all be in shock!

ABDUL JOHN KAMARA   January 22nd, 2009 12:52 pm ET

As so many of hard the comment from Rush Limburg the Republican Radio Commentator, saying to the newly president of United States, "I WISH HE FAILS" represent hatred for the American people.

This guy is the most useless, worthless and good for nothing human being that ever live. This is not the first time this low life is saying negative things against a successful black man. All republican should denounce his comment and possible arrest him for being stupid.

The President acknowledged the difficulties and the responsibility of what lies ahead. Almighty internal God entrust him with all these responsibilities and the American people from all sector should work with him for the common good of this great nation.

We wish him all the best of luck and God's guidance in all his deliberations.

Abdul John Kamara

Dr. N   January 22nd, 2009 3:25 pm ET

It's amazing that Karl Rove is still in the news. I understand he was responsible for the unethical phone calling, sometimes twenty times in a day, about Obama and any other person who opposes his socalled ideals and poor judgement.

Because of his money, his tactics are tolerated. Why isn't there a law about disturbing people in their homes who have a right to vote for whom they chose? Why attack and slander political opponents who believe differently, who fight for the common, ordinary working class citizen?

Certainly some one of merger background would not get away with harassment of other citizens.

BC   January 22nd, 2009 5:55 pm ET

And the Earth is flat.

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 22nd, 2009 6:29 pm ET

Dennis Kuncinich,

That one lonely Congressman from OHIO, who ran for President 2 times now,

The guy writes up and get the facts on 38 Articles of Impeachment, is allowed to read it on the floor of the House at 11 PM, and one very small not noticed hearing held without any action.

Facts he has, and no one cares, What have we become??

Im ashamed of Americans who sit back and enjoy their lives, drinking beer, gambling, sports, shopping, and living beyond their means. But could cares less about how people like Rove, Cheney, and Bush, have killed, sent their kids to war to be killed for no reason, and wont get involved and Hold Congress Accountable to act!!

Please send Reid and Pelosi emails, etc... make sure we dont forget this time. Time these guys are held accountable!

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 22nd, 2009 6:39 pm ET

Id still like someone to justify to me that the Iraq people are better off to day than before.

Last time i knew, they dont have power, sewer, water, etc... been yrs without.

We have bought and paid off many of these people with our money not to shoot at us.

Yea in the end they may be somewhat democratic, but you know what, we could of waited, killed saddam, etc... we had choices!!!
Damn we had embargos against them, flew over their country daily with Fighter Jets and the Persian Gulf full of Warships, and Military bases all around the area and Afghanistan full of military too.

Yep Saddam was a threat to me and you !! NOTTA!!! certainly not worth go in there . Bush and His Men!! Bad Americans!! Bad people!!

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 22nd, 2009 6:56 pm ET

In the first Gulf War, it only took 3 months for Iraq Companies and people to replace and restore power, sewer and water back to all of Iraq.

Now when we went back, we of course bombed everything. And then with the help of Bearing Point and Bechtel, Halliburton etc... Paul Bremer thus Bush cronie fired all the Iraq people and eliminated Iraq Companies. Replacing them with American Companies!!

Now Bearing Point , formerly KPMG, wrote the new laws that basiclly gave amercian companies 100% of all the work, American Oil Companies exclusive rights to the oil etc...

By the way KPMG, was the auditors for ENRON, anyone see a problem and pattern here.

Congressman John Murtha of PA tried to the nation, but he was suddenly attacked by media, Bush, even his own Party, that he was now Un American, was even called a coward on the floor of the house by a republican.

The so called Surge, all we heard from McCain, well here is how it went, 30,000 more troops, they did help, in areas to get rid of taliban and so call Bin Ladens people. However , back door deals to promise a 3 way cut of all oil money to the 3 fractions of Iraq people, actual cash money began to arrive door to door and to local shieks etc... via US Military.
Iran at the same time were pressured from Russia and China, French, to stop helping the insurgence. Then US suddenly starts talking to Iran, wow thats a change.

So the surge did work, but thats not the whole story to as why violence has went down, and Im Thankful for it!! it has saved lives!!

Just remember the Taliban and Bin Ladens People were never welcomed in Iraq by Saddam, only after we go in did this occur.

Saddam did pay people's family to attack Israel, but I think that was his way of getting back at America who had been his friend during Iran war .

Sad, all very sad!!!

Judith   January 22nd, 2009 8:21 pm ET

Well Mike from Fl you said with what many of us agree on

Nam(South Korea,Busan)   January 22nd, 2009 8:42 pm ET

The world is not safer without Saddam Hussein in power.

These days.

Dace Tucson AZ   January 22nd, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Bush nor this evil liar were right about anything except Africa AIDS policy – total abject failure and the most destructive administration in the history of the US led by this fool.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 23rd, 2009 12:06 am ET

Bush did what he thought was right.
If there are no reasons for the u.s to be in iraq,then the soldiers should come home now.
The core issue with saudi arabia,iraq,iran,syria,lebanon,afghanistan is all the same....a hate for zionists and their friend the united states.
As long as there is the affiliation with israel,and a love of ruling by oil,the terrorist regimes will still breed more offspring.
Whether democratic or not.

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