November 14th, 2010
01:42 PM ET
12 years ago

Bush says NATO allies let U.S. down in Afghanistan

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush defended his administration's handling of the war in Afghanistan on Sunday, telling CNN that some NATO allies who contributed troops to the conflict "turned out not to be willing to fight."

In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, Bush strongly refuted criticism that his administration took their "eye off the ball" in Afghanistan when he ordered troops to invade Iraq. He said he ordered American forces to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the assumption that allied forces would help make up the difference in Afghanistan.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    We sure do miss you Mr. President!

    November 14, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. smc

    Of course Bush doesn't regret it. The short-minded Republicans all blamed it on Obama anyhow.

    November 14, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Jon

    One of the few responsible decisions I can recall Bush making during his time in office.

    November 14, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Bush had any knowledge of what was good for the economy, he would have checked America's budget before ever starting a war. We didn't have the money to support a war and this idiot didn't know and didn't care.

    November 14, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. jane

    I know Bush has to put the best spin on his presidency, but each interviewer has been disappointing. If the former president could show even some remorse for what he did to the citizenry, maybe it would help in our healing. But he shows none, and no reporter calls him on it. I doubt if I'll subject myself to listening to another of these interviews.

    November 14, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Haruna Ugajin

    Funny how the right wing blames Obama on this, but was really Bushes fault for the bailouts. Proof that the Right wing does not investigate their information.. just like the 200billion dollar trip to asia.

    November 14, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. David from WI

    When there's a fire downtown, you put it out. You don't say, that's not my house, I don't care if it burns.

    Bush was right to back the bailout.

    November 14, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. TripleA

    Mr. Bush, and his advisors, made assumptions about the wars that were excessively optimistic. They took the “best case” scenarios as the ONLY scenarios and made their decisions. As it turned out, those scenarios did not play out, and the result is quagmire in Iraq, and Afghanistan. Mr. Bush is proving, once again, that he was an irresponsible and incompetent commander in chief by defending those flawed scenarios, and attempting to shift blame onto third parties (our “allies”). If Mr. Bush had one once of honor he would accept full blame for stalemate in Iraq, and Afghanistan, just as he would have accepted full credit for unconditional victory in those two wars. However, Mr. Bush has no honor.

    November 14, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |