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Former President George W. Bush Defends His Invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan

President George W. Bush, who ordered the invasion of Iraq based on false claims of weapons of mass destruction, said he is “confident the decisions were made the right way.”

During an interview with the Dallas Morning News this week to promote his presidential library opening, Bush said he is not interested in “finger pointing” regarding his policies, which was often his same defense while in office.

"It’s easy to forget what life was like when the decision was made,” said Bush, who suggested that President Clinton wanted to overthrow Saddam Hussein just as he did.

“I’m comfortable with what I did,” Bush said. "I’m comfortable with who I am."

The wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan could end up costing the U.S. government between $4 and $6 trillion, according to a recent Harvard study, reports

Bush did not admit any wrongdoings and attempted to keep controversial points out of the interview, such as the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the waterboarding torture that he ordered.

Instead, Bush spoke about his retirement, his newly-born granddaughter, his paintings and  mountain biking.

“People ask me, ‘What about the economy?'" Bush said. “My answer is, ‘Why don’t you go hire an economist?”

When Bush left office, the U.S. was losing about 750,000 jobs a month and fell into the biggest economic disaster since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Sources: Dallas Morning News and


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