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Bu$h Sr. defends $hrub, is 'hurt' by Iraq critics

The former president said he is wounded when critics call his son a warmonger.

"They've hurt this loving, proud father very much," Bush said. "I would tell you from the bottom of my heart that the president is giving peace a chance."
Bu$h Sr. defends $hrub, is 'hurt' by Iraq critics
Bu$h Sr. defends $hrub, is 'hurt' by Iraq critics
Former President George Bush speaks after receiving the Altschul Award from The World Affairs Forum, Monday Jan. 27, 2003, in Stamford, Conn. The award is given annually for increasing public awareness about foreign affairs. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)

Former President Bush defends his and son's Iraqi policies
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January 27, 2003
Associated Press

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Former President George Bush, accepting an award Monday night for his contributions to world affairs, defended his decision 12 years ago to not remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, an issue now facing his son, the current president.

John D. Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, presented Bush with the World Affairs Forum's sixth annual Altschul Award, at a ceremony in Stamford.

"Iraq is back to business as usual," Negroponte said. "Time is running out for Iraq to peacefully disarm."

Bush said the world faces "trying times" with economic instability in Latin America and unpredictability in the Middle East.

Bush reminded the audience of 450 of a joke he often told after leaving office in 1993: "Life's not fair. I'm unemployed and Saddam Hussein still has his job."

"It's not funny anymore, especially when you consider the depth of his brutality and aggression against his own people," the former president said.

Bush said he halted Operation Desert Storm short of removing Saddam from power because he said he completed his objectives.

"Our assignment was to end the aggression. We tried to do it peacefully. We tried to do it diplomatically. And then we had to fight the mother of all battles. We fought it in the most sanitary way we could, being sure not to target civilians," he said.

To do more militarily would have risked support from the U.S.-led international coalition, Bush said.

"I believe we would have lost faith with our allies," he said.

Bush said President Bush faces tough decisions, but did not say if he now supports removing Saddam.

"Our son faces a tough call," he said.

The former president said he is wounded when critics call his son a warmonger.

"They've hurt this loving, proud father very much," Bush said. "I would tell you from the bottom of my heart that the president is giving peace a chance."

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poor daddy warbucks 28.Jan.2003 22:31

Sean Henderson lohan1@msn.com

I'm sure he is crying all the way to the bank.

If it wasn't a good 'plan' then with the full international support we had, it sure as hell ain't a good war plan now.

If we weren't planning from the start to come back later and finish them off - then why did we destroy their sewage systems?

George Bush Senior Attempts to Appear Human 29.Jan.2003 02:29

do it for dad

George Bush Senior makes a rare appearance on the airwaves to say that his son is 'giving peace a chance'.

John Lennon would be spinning in his grave if he had one.

George Bush the First continually said that war was not inevitable the first time around when he had spent every waking hour of the previous 10 years setting it up.

One might also note that the first Bush administration repeatedly said that America had "no problem" with the Iraqi people, before turning Iraq from one of the Middle East's most advanced, educated societies into hell.

Just remember this: When, at best, the US military machine takes over the Iraqi nation with its guns and missiles and highly trained killers. There will be a lot of fanfare about how they turned the lights back on and got the shitters flushing again.

Well all of those things were working before George Senior shot the place up. And at least one million Iraqis, mostly children, would not be dead today because of US sanctions forced on them under disguise of the UN.

That sanctimonious piece of shit deserves a special place in HELL for all the crap he has done to this country and the world, not the least of which was siring our current commander in thief.