Here’s a snippet from Bush’s recent press conference:
Q: A lot of the consequences you mentioned for pulling out seem like maybe they never would have been there if we hadn’t gone in. How do you square all of that?
Bush: You know, I’ve heard this theory about, you know, everything was just fine until we arrived and —- you know, the stir-up-the-hornet’s- nest theory. It just doesn’t hold water, as far as I’m concerned.
The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East. They were …
Q: What did Iraq have to do with that?
Bush: What did Iraq have to do with what?
Q: The attacks upon the World Trade Center.
Bush: Nothing. Except for it’s part of —- and no body’s ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a —- Iraq —- the lesson of September the 11th is: Take threats before they fully materialize, Ken.
Nobody’s ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq. I have suggested, however, that resentment and the lack of hope create the breeding grounds for terrorists who are willing to use suiciders to kill, to achieve an objective. I have made that case.
It appears that in Bush’s mind the attacks of September 11th is linked with the invasion of Iraq. A reporter points out to him that he is using Sept 11th as justification for going into Iraq and then he starts back peddling.
It raises the question: What does Bush actually believe? Does he believe what is true or what he wants to be true . . .? Here is the transcript.