"Whose life would be on my hands as the commander-in-chief because I, unilaterally, went beyond the international law, went beyond the stated mission, and said we're going to show our macho? We're going into Baghdad. We're going to be an occupying power -- America in an Arab land -- with no allies at our side. It would have been disastrous."
Who knew George H.W. Bush was a fortune-teller? That's from a speech in 1998 before veterans from the first Gulf War. It also contained this gem:
"Three times when I was president, I was called upon to make a decision that only the president can make, and it's the toughest decision any president can make ... when you're going to send somebody else's kid into harm's way."
He said that, perhaps because of his own service in the military, the decision was never easy. He said it should never be easy for any commander-in-chief.
Gee, you'd think this guy was working the circuit for Kerry...
What I wouldn't give to trade our "new model" Bush in for this comparatively stellar "old" Bush.