Here, interviewed by NPR’s Juan Williams.
Do In Some Extremists
I will tell you, though, that this fight is an indication of what is taking place, and that is the Iraqis are beginning to take the lead, whether it be this fight that you’ve just reported on where the Iraqis went in with American help to do in some extremists that were trying to stop the advance of their democracy, or the report that there was militant Shi’a had been captured or killed.
Oh, I don’t think so. I think that the vice president is a person reflecting a half-glass-full mentality, and that is he’s been able to look at – as have and I hope other Americans have – the fact that the tyrant was removed, 12 million people voted, there is an Iraqi constitution in place that is the model for – and unique for the Middle East.
And I have said that the progress is not good enough. In other words, people have asked me about whether or not I approve of the situation in Iraq and my answer is no.
In other words, there’s a lot of things politically that can happen, Juan, and – you know, I made a decision that – and, listen, I listen to a lot of folks here in Washington. I listen to the military people, I listen to people who are critical of the policy, I listen to Republicans, I listen to Democrats, and I listen carefully for which strategy would yield – would most likely yield success, and the one I picked is the one I believe will.
Rewriting The History Of The Past
We’re just deeply concerned about a government that is insisting upon having a nuclear weapon, and at the same time, rewriting history – the history of the past, and regards, for example, the Holocaust.
Your President Speaks! Bonus Edition:Blame It On Texas
Juan Williams: By the way, in the [State of the Union] speech, you spoke about the Democrats. You said, you congratulated the “Democrat” majority, and I noticed your prepared text said the “Democratic” majority. I surely think that you know that for the Democrats, they think when you say “Democrat,” it’s like fingernails on the black board. They don’t like it. They like you to say “Democratic.”
President Bush: That was an oversight then, I’m not trying to needle. Look, I went into the hall saying, “We can work together,” and I was very sincere about it. I didn’t even know I did it. And if I did, I didn’t mean to put fingernails on the board. I meant to be saying, “Why don’t we show the American people we can actually work together?”
So the idea that somehow I was trying to needle the Democrats is just, you know…it’s probably Texas. Who knows what it is? I’m not that good at pronouncing words anyway, Juan.