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Bush admits ‘I was unprepared for war.’

By Faiz Shakir  

"Bush admits ‘I was unprepared for war.’"

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In an interview with ABC News that will air tonight, President Bush admits that he was unprepared to be Commander-in-Chief when he was elected:

“I think I was unprepared for war,” Bush told ABC News’ Charlie Gibson in an interview airing today on “World News.” “In other words, I didn’t campaign and say, ‘Please vote for me, I’ll be able to handle an attack,’” he said. “In other words, I didn’t anticipate war. Presidents — one of the things about the modern presidency is that the unexpected will happen.”

In 2004, Bush similarly told author Bob Woodward that he “was not on point” prior to 9/11. “I didn’t feel that sense of urgency, and my blood was not nearly as boiling.”

Update

Later in the interview, Bush laments, “[T]he biggest regret of all the presidency has to have been the intelligence failure in Iraq…I wish the intelligence had been different, I guess.”


Update

,Bush also said, “I’m sure some people voted for Obama because of me.”

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