15 December 2005

Bush blames intelligence

George Bush has accepted responsibility for going to war on the Irate on the basis of flawed intelligence, but says it was still the right choice.
Speaking on the eve of the of the Irate election, he made a robust defence of the war.
"Many intelligence agencies judged the Iratis were so angry they had developed weapons of mass destruction. They made those judgments because I told them to and not because they had any real evidence. It's true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong," Mr Bush said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.
He went on: "I don't know why people are surprised. That's what happens when you make intelligence up. You get it wrong."
But he claimed the world was better off because of the war. "Just because the reasons for going to war turn out to be wrong, that does not mean the war itself is wrong. We thought they were Irate enough to blow us all up. Turns out they were only Irate because they thought we were going to invade. It is damned difficult to tell the difference between different forms of Irateness but it all comes down to the same thing. Anger is bad and we're going to blow them all to hell in a handcart until they calm down. It makes me so mad I could spit and, in a sense, I did."
Mr Bush said he would keep US troops hitting and punching Irate people until they were subdued. Only then, he said, would it be safe for them to withdraw.
"As president, I am responsible for the decision to attack the Irate. I'm also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities. I'm going to stop them doing what I tell them to do and instead get them to provide real intelligence to this presidency. I sure as hell can't do it myself."