While much of the world talks about the Republicans elected last night, one of the Republicans elected in 2000 is dropping some stunning revelations. Apparently, even President George W. Bush knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to reports based on leaks of his memoir, which is due to be released next week.
The former president writes that he has “a sickening feeling” when he thinks about the absence of WMDs in Iraq, which makes his joking about the topic in 2004 all the stranger. None of this is to say that Bush regrets the war. The early reports on the memoir say that he defends the decision to invade Iraq and continues to believe that Iraqis are better off in post-Saddam Iraq. Some of the evidence that came out in the recent WikiLeaks dump, however, suggests that that might be a tough sell to Iraqis.
Bush also defends the decision to waterboard suspected 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed. The president’s response when asked if Mohammed should undergo this so-called enhanced interrogation technique? “Damn right.”
It will be interesting to see what else Bush’s new memoir reveals about the inner workings of his Oval Office (and brain).