Bush defends decision to attack Iraq
New Delhi | Saturday, Oct 31 2009 IST
Former US President George W Bush today defended his decision to attack Iraq, saying regime change in that country was Washington's ''official duty'' much before he became the President.
''It was a law passed by the Congress and the previous administration,'' he said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.
Observing that the world was much better off without Saddam Hussein, Mr Bush said the former Iraqi dictator was a threat to the US.
''He was a brutal dictator. He used weapons of mass destruction against his own people. He was not letting weapon inspectors in. Why should he do that unless he was hiding something?'' Mr Bush said.
Denying that the US did not have a post-invasion plan for Iraq, the former President said when the decision to remove Saddam Hussein was taken, the US had a choice of replacing him with another ''tyrant'' or letting Iraqis to choose their leader.
Although choosing another ''tyrant'' in place of Saddam Hussein was easy but Washington chose the democratic way, he said.
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