Former President Bush on Saddam Hussein:
"His word is no good and he's a brute.
And I hate him."
Daddy George hates Saddam and little George wants to
Even as Saddam makes concessions to the U N, little George refuses to even consider it because little George is obsessed with killing Saddam.
The rest of the world is looking for any hope that war can be averted and little George is looking for any excuse to go on a murdering rampage where Americans will die as they unavoidably killed innocent Iraqis.
It is sad that little George cannot rise to the stature of a true world leader but instead is entangled with his daddy's obsession with Saddam.
Former President Bush: 'I hate Saddam'
September 18, 2002 Posted: 3:10 AM EDT (0710 GMT)
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Former President George Bush says he has "nothing but hatred" for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, but he has "no regrets" the coalition forces during the 1991 Gulf War did not go to Baghdad to get him.
"I know what would have happened. I know that the coalition would have shattered," Bush told CNN's Paula Zahn in an exclusive interview. "My only regret is that I was wrong, as was every other leader, in thinking that Saddam Hussein would be gone."
He said military commanders were given a specific objective to liberate Kuwait of Iraqi forces and that they carried out that mission.
"We told our military commanders, 'Here's your objective.' They saluted from halfway around the world and said, 'Mission complete, sir.' And that's the way it was, and that's the way it should have been.
"Now, am I happy Saddam Hussein is there? Absolutely not. But am I going to be moved by the Monday morning critics who now say we should have done it differently [when they] were totally silent back then? No."
Bush conducted the interview about 500 miles off the mainland of Japan near an island where he was shot down as a Navy pilot during World War II. Bush spoke candidly about how that war experience helped shape his presidency -- and most openly about his disgust for the Iraqi leader.
"I hate Saddam Hussein," the former president told Zahn. "I don't hate a lot of people. I don't hate easily, but I think he's, as I say, his word is no good and he's a brute. He's used poison gas on his own people. So, there's nothing redeeming about this man."
He added: "I have nothing but hatred in my heart for him. But he's got a lot of problems, but immortality isn't one of them."
As for what the country should do with the Iraqi leader now, he said, "That's the problem facing the president of the United States of America, not me."
That president is his oldest son, George W. Bush. However, the father would not discuss what kind of advice he has given his son and he would not talk about policy issues.
Bush says Saddam's fooling
Warns UN not to be taken in on inspections
By KENNETH R. BAZINET DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - A frustrated Bush administration warned yesterday that Saddam Hussein's offer to readmit weapons inspectors was a "rope-a-dope" tactic to fake out the United Nations.
President Bush, speaking in Nashville, dismissed Iraq's offer to cooperate with the inspections and urged the UN to show that it is more than an "ineffective debating society."
"You can't get fooled again," Bush insisted.
Secretary of State Powell, trying to fashion support for a new resolution that would include the threat of a military response if the Iraqi dictator failed to allow wide-open inspections, was openly skeptical about Saddam's willingness to comply.
"We have seen this game before," Powell said.
Despite U.S. pressure, it appeared Saddam was succeeding in his effort to blunt Bush's drive for a tough UN resolution to cooperate with inspectors.
Russia, which has a veto in the Security Council, said yesterday it no longer sees the need for a new resolution.
During a testy exchange with Powell at the UN, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said, "From our standpoint, we don't need any special resolution. All of the necessary resolutions are [at] hand. What procedures they should follow, well, we know those, too."
Egypt, another key U.S. ally, also questioned the need for a new resolution.
The UN began preparing to send inspectors back to Iraq for the first time in four years. Iraqi officials met yesterday with Hans Blix, who will head the UN inspection team, to begin working out logistics for its return to Baghdad. They agreed to meet again in 10 days in Vienna.
Bush galvanized the UN into supporting a resolution on inspectors with his speech to the General Assembly on Thursday. By the weekend, all 15 UN Security Council members had rallied around his call to take fresh action, but support fell off once Saddam declared his willingness to allow unconditional inspections.
The U.S. struggled yesterday to regain lost momentum for its policy of regime change in Iraq.
"He has a history of playing rope-a-dope with the world, all the while he develops a more powerful punch," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.
As part of the effort, the White House and British Embassy circulated separate documents showing repeated times in which Saddam went back on his word regarding inspections since the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
"This is a stall tactic, and it's a tactic that will fail," said U.S. national security spokesman Sean McCormack. "It really makes the case for the UN and Congress to act now."
Within hours of Iraq's announcement, Ali Muhsen Hamid, the Arab League ambassador in London, suggested Iraq's offer of "unconditional" return of the inspectors had limits - the kind of hedging the White House warned about.
In a British Broadcasting Corp. interview, he suggested Iraq would admit inspectors to military sites but not to civilian sites. He later told Britain's Telegraph newspaper that he had been misunderstood. There would be no formal exclusion, he said, but inspections could not go on indefinitely.
Capitol Hill Democrats were hesitant to jump into the fray amid the administration's two-front war to win resolutions in Congress and the UN. However, one Senate Democratic source said lawmakers opposed to military action think Saddam's offer has brought the timing of a war into question.
"This bolsters the 'why now' argument," the source told the Daily News.
With Thomas M. DeFrank
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