Did I Hear Right?

Did I hear right? Did I actually hear George W. Bush admit that the intelligence that led to the invasion of Iraq was incorrect?

On Wednesday, January 21 2009, we got up at 2am Australian Eastern Standard Time to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. As Australians, we have never paid attention to the inauguration of an American President before this.

This inauguration is something quite different. The eyes of the whole world are on this President because he, more than any other world leader, will have the power, and may have the strength to address and rectify some of the monumental mistakes of the previous administration that have had a detrimental effect on the peace, security and stability of the whole world. We hope with all our hearts that he has.

In the lead up to the inauguration, the past President, George W. Bush, played a minor roll. Apart from giving a gong to John Howard, the rejected former Prime Minister of Australia and some of his other cronies, he was hardly seen on popular television, (at least in this country) but there were one or two brief snippets that crossed our screens. In one he said that he "regretted" that no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, and then, later, almost obscured in the razz-a-matazz of the inauguration of the new President, did I really see George Bush admit that the intelligence that led to the invasion of Iraq was incorrect?

Now that must surely please the people of Iraq. It must give them a lot of satisfaction to know that their former leaders were telling the truth about the weapons of mass destruction and that their country was destroyed as the result of mistaken intelligence.

The question is, who is responsible for the mistake? Where did the intelligence come from? Who was responsible for checking it's authenticity? Now, that's several questions I know, but there is one more. Will President Obama have the courage to investigate and reveal to the world what really caused this atrocious war? Thousands of Iraquis and Americans and others who lost their loved ones, or who, themselves, were maimed or injured, or whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed, as well as all of us who now live in a world where the threat of terrorism has been multiplied beyond measure by the racial and religious hatred generated, would like to know.

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