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Image is everything
Tom Brokaw: Mr. President, there's no tougher decision any President makes than to commit the nation to war. Let's talk about that first night, when you surprised us all by launching the preemptive strike against the residence of Saddam Hussein.
George Bush: ... I was hesitant at first, to be frank with you, because I was worried that the first pictures coming out of Iraq would be a wounded grandchild of Saddam Hussein — but Saddam Hussein, who was not there at the time we started making the decision, would never show up — that the first images of the American attack would be death to young children.
An extension of politics by other means, indeed. In Bush's case, the priorities are apparently equally twisted.
April 28, 2003 1:13 PM
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