(CNN) - As his presidency nears its end, a reflective President Bush suggested Tuesday he regrets some of his more blunt statements on the war on terror over the last eight years.
"I regret saying some things I shouldn't have said," Bush told CNN's Heidi Collins Twhen asked to reflect on his regrets over his two terms as president. "Like 'Dead or Alive' and 'Bring 'em on.' My wife reminded me that, hey, as president of the United States be careful what you say."
The interview, aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York City, came after the president addressed a Veterans Day Ceremony.
Shortly after the attacks of September 11, the president said of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden: "I want justice. There's an old poster out West that said, 'Wanted, dead or alive.' " Bush was also criticized in 2003 for his answer addressing insurgents in Iraq.
"There are some who feel like that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is bring them on," he said then.
The president said he wishes he had not spoken in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner he declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq on May 1, 2003. The now-infamous moment occurred aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln only a month after U.S. troops in Iraq were deployed.
POL-EZZZE . . . at this moment he is busy gutting environmental laws and granting favored "buddie" nice tax "relief" . . . how touching to have "regrets on the past" . . . HOW ABOUT TODAY?
It's also telling that the "Mission Accomplished" banner is now just there and "aimed at the sailors" – when in FACT it was printed delivered and hung by the WH advance team – in a VERY conspicuous space for "camera" cropping . . .
Sorry, the "poor me whine" is wasted when compared to the callous efforts to strip public protection in the environment, de-regulating Wall Street, economic and international failures compounded by the destruction of our Judicial System . . . .
He is as ignorant has he is stupid. What a retard. Hey Georgey did you go see W? It might be an eye opener for ya!
GWB is perhaps the fourth most cynical man in Washington. The first is Dick Cheney; the second is Karl Rove followed Justice Clarence Thomas.
No regrets for the few thousand dead GIs, the few tens of thousand wounded, the few hundreds of thousand dead Iraqi civilians in your illegal invasion ?
Historical amnesia makes light of some horrendous actions.
Logic prevents me from forgetting that there never was an "immanent threat from Iraq." GW Bush knew that, and yet it was sold as this. Logic says that his administration was undeniably deceptive when they chose to start the Iraq war on this basis that they could not wait to verify the presence of WMD.
In addition, logic undeniably shows a contradiction in Bush's mind about the threat of terrorism. He campaigned in 2004 for reelection, by scaring voters that we would be attacked by terrorism, and yet he appointed Brown, a clearly unqualified horse show lawyer, as the head of Federal EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Administration (FEMA). If Bush really thought that terrorism was a real threat to America, then why make a political patronage appointment to FEMA?
These two points have the consequence of thousands of our American GI's dead, and a huge mess-up in both Iraq and the Gulf Coast. It is sad that the media and the public cannot distinguish nice guy posturing & personality imagery from the real deliberations and consequences of the exercise of power. It's really nuts that Palin gets hammered by the media because of her personality, and yet she didn't cause mega-death and disaster, and Bush gets a shrug because his public persona easily shrugs off responsibilty & accountability.
All the MSM reported on bush was pretend and used to control the american people. F Bush and the Connecticut "ranch" on which he grew up!
Hopefully, he will emigrate to his 100,000 acre "ranch" in Paraguay, and remain silent and inconspicuous like his fellow Nazis from WWll have attempted to do.
I want to try to forget him!
well if mr bush is a good man i donot want to see bad man !!! ARE YOU JOKING ME NO WAY IN HELL SIR ....
Pretty short list he came up with there. Does he think god only listens to his words and not what's in his soul? He's in for a rude awakening.
Too little, too late. I don't believe a word of it.
History will judge George W. Bush much more kindly than his contemporary detractors. He is a decent man who did his best to protect and defend us in a time of great peril. It is perhaps easy to forget that the Islamists would not hesitate to use the world's most horrific weapons against us given the opportunity to do so. That left him with no margin for error.
Those who complain that he is leaving the war against Islamic terror unfinished are being disingenuous to the nth degree. President Bush himself said repeatedly after 9/11 that this conflict would probably last a generation or more.
Even now the so called progressives only have hate for President Bush. Well after the vitriol and nasty spew over the last eight years I am going to embrace the hate and strongly resist your messiah.
As a preacher I can't name once said ' The chickens are coming home to roost". I got tolerance for you.
Whatever...and good riddance.
He remains an incompetent, corrupt simpleton who still fails to understand the misery he's caused. good man? Tell that to the millions who are dead, maimed, homeless, jobless because of him.
America has only one regret – Bush was POTUS...
Because of Obama's election, the American people look back at Bush and get that creepy feeling when one encounters an
"How in the world did I ever date you?"
I want to thank Mr. Bush for creating the environment that has allowed Barack Obama to be President (Elect).
I feel sorry for him, he got hoodwinked by Cheney, being pushed by him all the way.
Mr. President, I think you come from a descent family and your wife seems to be a loving and respectful person. As for you, you sir are "doing too little eoo less".
But I am glad to see you might.......just think you made a mistake or two!!
the president is a war criminal. nothing less. he should be personally held responsible for lying to the world, at trhe U.N., to the congress, t the American people. He, the VP, Condi, Rumself... all of them should pay the consequences for their evil intent.
Daniel, I reworded part of this cause I know my brother, sometimes we can get confused after the past 8 years in the Spin Cycle. "Georgie isn't an evil man, he's just kind of an idiot that was chosen and then surrounded by some legitimately evil people."
let's be honest without the nostalgia bs...the man is an IDIOT....he and his administration totally ignored WE, THE PEOPLE and acted as if they were dictators of a rogue nation....be honest with yourself and look at his record...now he dribbles a few "regrets"...(as if that banner was not part of their photo op....remember when they said that it was done by the sailors on the lincoln....NOT TRUE)...give me a break...20 jan can't come soon enough for our country....it will take more than a decade or more to repair the damage he and his administration has done....like EVERYTHING ELSE this pathetic person has touched in his life he has F#@KED it up....bailed out or protected by daddy and his friends...usually the saudis...do a little research and read some history of the fool.....
Yes that was probably his biggest blunder for acting arrogant like a dictator and boasting "mission accomplished".
The U.S. is not a fascist military dicatorship and he had no business putting on a flight suit and acting the way he did well before victory had been won. Adolf also bragged on German radio address that the Battle of Stalingrad had been won.
Stupid or evil – the same thing in the end.....
Bush is still president and hasn't yet captured bin Laden during his term, now people think President-elect Obama is going to capture him as soon as he takes over the job is simply wrong. I predict Bin Laden will be captured by Pakistan or Iranian forces and used to make a deal with the U.S.
If you believe he was deceived by Cheney and Rove and was not in league with them, you are kidding yourselves.
He graduated from Yale and managed to be elected President twice, if what you say is correct he was not only ignorant he was also a coward for not using his position as President to implement his own policies.