* JULY 15, 2010
My Biggest Mistake in the White House
Failing to refute charges that Bush lied us into war has hurt our country.
Mr. Rove is the former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush
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At the time, we in the Bush White House discussed responding but decided not to relitigate the past. That was wrong and my mistake: I should have insisted to the president that this was a dagger aimed at his administration’s heart. What Democrats started seven years ago left us less united as a nation to confront foreign challenges and overcome America’s enemies.
We know President Bush did not intentionally mislead the nation. Saddam Hussein was deposed and eventually hung for his crimes. Iraq is a democracy and an ally instead of an enemy of America. Al Qaeda suffered tremendous blows in the “land between the two rivers.” But Democrats lost more than the election in 2004. In telling lie after lie, week after week, many lost their honor and blackened their reputations.
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Hard to imagine not counter attacking the political enemies when they AGREED to the assessment.
It MAY have been a blunder. (Iraq had six months to move the WMD to Syria. We know Sadam had them; we sold them to him. And, he used those weapons on the Kurds.)
But, not contesting the slurs against the character of the Bush administration was just stupid.
Perception is reality and so we are hung with a “fact” now ingrained in the popular culture.
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