An embattled President Bush sat down with Scott Pelley of 60 Miinutes for his first interview since the escalation speech and outlined why, despite overwhelming disapproval of his presidency and his policies, he plans to "stay the course."
John Amato: When Scott asks Bush if we owe the Iraqis an apology for not doing a better job, Bush says: "We didn't do a better job, or they didn't do a better job?" Talk about hubris. It's all the fault of the dumb Iraqis that has resulted in this horrendous and violent civil war. No blame here.
This past week, the president of the United States decided to go for broke. Despite national sentiment against the war, despite condemnation on Capitol Hill, President George W. Bush ordered more than 21,000 additional troops to war—a gamble that may be a pivotal moment for his presidency and the country.
In his first interview since his address to the nation, Mr. Bush sat down with Scott Pelley at the presidential retreat, Camp David. 60 Minutes also traveled with the president as he explained his plan to the troops and, then, met with families of Americans killed in action.
Whatever you think of his policy, after this interview you won’t doubt that Mr. Bush is a man determined to go his own way. Read more..