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 Thursday, December 15, 2005

Bush ADMITS Mistakes on Iraq War:The Price is 2,151 Dead American Soldiers, 30,000 Dead Iraqis, And Still Counting


Bush acknowledged miscalculations and mistakes before and after the U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq in March 2003.

The Deadly Price for President Bush's Mistakes and Miscalculations:

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The Cost of War set to reach $251 billion by March 31, 2006. Through fiscal year 2005, this totaled about $205 billion. Read here for more

Read here full article by Warren Vieth in Los Angeles Times

President Bush said Wednesday that he accepted responsibility for deciding to wage war in Iraq in part on the basis of faulty intelligence.

Bush told a group of political leaders and scholars at the nonpartisan Woodrow Wilson Center.

"It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong.

As President, I'm responsible for the decision to go into Iraq, and I'm also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities."

After the invasion, U.S. forces never found the weapons of mass destruction that the Bush administration had cited as a primary justification for removing Saddam Hussein from power.

Wednesday's remarks were his most explicit statement that he bore responsibility for launching a war based in part on what turned out to be false claims.

A majority of Americans said in recent surveys that they considered the war a mistake.

The president rejected demands by some congressional Democrats and other critics to set a firm timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.

Bush said he would consider America's mission to be complete when insurgents could no longer threaten Iraq's democracy, when Iraqi security forces could protect the country, and when Iraq was no longer a haven for terrorists.

"He hasn't leveled with the American people or laid out a strategy for success," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters.

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