Outgoing US President George Bush has said his biggest regret is the failure of intelligence over Iraqi weapons.
That has to be one of the funniest lines to come out of the BBC for weeks. OK, I’m paraphrasing the opening salvo on the quick story Bush regrets Iraqi WMD failure but it sums up my feelings about the man and his tenure at the Whitehouse. I can often be a little too subtle and assuming in my statements sometimes, and I feel I’m devaluing myself a tad for having to explain, but let’s get this one clear from the start;
Bush is talking about the fact that the US, and other countries’, intelligence services supposedly reported that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, and that the intelligence provided was the basis for going to war, i.e., the second Gulf War.
What I am laughing at is the fact that it’s George W Bush’s own personal intelligence that failed.
You see, out here in “the rest of the world” we didn’t “get” Bush. We saw him as a man without either the brains or the political savvy to be truly qualified to be the “most powerful man in the world”. Of course, maybe he had been Governor of Texas, but out here in the perimeter there are no lone stars, it just isn’t Texas. Nor an oil company nor a baseball team, for that matter. Some of us have made our way through life by our own intellect and without daddy’s help.
My earliest recollections of Bush’s early days were these:
- In 1999, as frontrunner for President, George W Bush couldn’t name the premier of Pakistan whereas I, an average Joe and not the potential future leader of the world’s only superpower, could.
- Allegations were rife that Bush stole the Election in Florida.
- There were demonstrations & protests at Bush’s inauguration, not seen since Nixon in 1973.
- The man choked on a pretzel.
I wish the intelligence had been different.