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You have to get it yet just -- opponent of the Iraq War and none of us wants to plunge ourselves and to counter factual histories about what -- and so all we have -- the record of what you curtain.
And when you stand here and tell us.
Iraq today now has the option for chance for much better future -- past.
Content that is as a matter of factual history only possible because President Bush.
Decided to launch this war and -- the -- servicemen and into this mission.
And so if credit is due to the servicemen and women it's seems to me and a matter of logic that some -- be due to President Bush and his advisors.
And a on this occasion you don't see it that way.
James I would simply take up your first proposition that engaging in counter factual about what might have happened had we not gone to war in search of weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist.
What would have happened there is no question -- -- made clear in several that the president believes that Iraq.
The potential for a better future today because of the remarkable sacrifice.
And service of American men and women in uniform as well as civilian.
American men and women who serve and and that is without question without doubt it is impossible to know obviously.
What course what it.
Occurred in Iraq had.
The inspections regime continued had different choice has been.
That was not obviously.
The world that the president inherited when he took office in January 2009.
The world he inherited was one that included.
At war in two places in two countries.
I believe -- -- 630000.
Iraq and Afghanistan.
And he set in motion.
Policy objectives that included.
Winding down responsibly the war in Iraq.
Refocusing our attention on the war in Afghanistan.
Which after all was the war that.
We launch because we were attacked on September.
He did -- and he is now having ended the war in Iraq winding down the war in Afghanistan.
So I you know it's it's really is always questions are very Anderson I think the and anniversary of the appropriate time to be asking him but I think historians will make assessments about.
The policy judgments made by the administration was in power at the time.
And the president.
Had very clearly stated use as a candidate for senate and very very clearly stated views as a candidate for president or judgment value -- by the American people.
-- me -- very clear.
Policy positions that he promised to implement if he were elected and he has guns.
For what you call quote unquote welcome development.
Saddam Hussein being gone you are unwilling to court president George W.
Bush even a single iota of credit for that developed.
I'm happy to to do that James I think the focus on doing that is unique.
Here in this briefing that I.
There's no question that.
Saddam Hussein was a -- from our thanks to the military efforts US armed forces and they were sent to Iraq by President Bush.
So obviously there's a causal relationship and to extend that credit is due credited to him for that.
That does not change.
I think assessments -- by.
This president as a candidate or by many others -- this on this day ten years after about the judgments made.
To go to war and to invade a country.
And Americans obviously will continue to have differing views on this.
Appropriately so and this will be a matter of discussion and -- For a long time I say I expect in Washington as well as.
In classrooms and among historians and and but out of the president's views as a candidate and -- president are very clear.
Commitments when it comes to policy have been very clear and it didn't follow through.
And he believes it when he.
Promised the American people and the war in Iraq he owed them.
The he owed them to fulfill that.
Promise and he -- yes able to.
-- Is there yeah.
Affects this current account situations.
-- Well I'm not sure.
To be clear I think these deficits that the record deficits to President Obama inherited -- in part due to the unpaid for wars.
That he inherited I'm not sure that the procession itself.
Economists would have a better assessment was caused by.
Spending on those wars there's no question.
War or wars there's no question that the to go back to my first pointed the record deficits that President Obama inherited when he took office in the midst of the financial collapse and what would become the Great Recession threatens to become a depression.
Contribute to our fiscal challenges today no.
And you know the president -- in his campaign in 2008 and and and many times true sense.
-- You know put us you know.
Tax cuts to -- tax cuts and paid for two wars weren't paid for everything put on credit card.
Led to a situation where.
The United States had -- that they had it you know country that had a budget surplus and but surpluses as far as the eye could see in January of 2001.
Just eight years later.
What's in a country.
That had the largest deficits in history so.
You know that again marches -- certain changes question you you the president took office and these were at the facts that.
He had to deal with both in terms of the financial crisis that deficit we inherited in the wars.
That were ongoing when he took office and you know he applied his best judgments -- Dealing with all of the challenges -- this country faced and the American people obviously will and how.
-- made their assessments about those decisions and historians will make assessments into the future as well journalists.
And I'm hearing things from back to.
-- really isn't.
Honestly didn't think about it endlessly because you're drafted as it was clearly a serious answer -- It's happening -- happy.
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