With his vision of Iraq belied not only by an insurgency that he didn’t anticipate, but also by sectarian rivalries that he disregarded before the invasion, President Bush has come up with a new rhetorical line of attack: It’s not my fault, it’s Saddam’s.
Agence France Presse reports: “President George W. Bush said former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s brutal divisive legacy, rather than the US-led invasion, was to blame for Iraq’s current sectarian violence.” …
… “Today, some Americans ask whether removing Saddam caused the divisions and instability we’re now seeing. In fact, much of the animosity and violence we now see is the legacy of Saddam Hussein. He is a tyrant who exacerbated sectarian divisions to keep himself in power,” Bush said.
“The argument that Iraq was stable under Saddam and that stability is now in danger because we removed him is wrong.”
50 years ago:
With his vision of lunch belied by a puddle of milk he didn’t anticipate, young George W. Bush has come up with a new rhetorical line of attack: It’s not my fault, it’s the cow’s.
“Today, some parents ask whether knocking over my cup caused the puddle of milk we’re now seeing. In fact, it was the cow that produced the milk in liquid form, so that when I knocked the cup over it spilled out all over the floor,” Bush said. “The argument that the milk spilled because I knocked the cup over is wrong.”