Overthrowing Saddam Hussein was “the right decision”, US President George W Bush said in a speech to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Mr Bush spoke as anti-war protests were held in several US cities amid mounting opposition to the war and its costs. Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama said the decision to invade was made on ideological grounds, instead of “reason and facts”. In his speech, Mr Bush dismissed what he called “exaggerated estimates” of the war’s price tag. “The costs are necessary when we consider the cost of a strategic victory for our enemies in Iraq,” he said.
He said recent troop reinforcements had brought about “a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror”. Mr Bush argued that fighting Islamic militants in Iraq helped to prevent attacks on targets in the US. “The terrorists who murder the innocent in the streets of Baghdad want to murder the innocent in the streets of American cities,” he said. (Continue Reading…)