England’s Observer interviews President Bush in the midst of his European tour:
He remained, he said, convinced that Iraq, and the world, was a better place without Saddam Hussein. And he said that while ‘Presidents don’t get to do re-dos’ on issues such as Saddam’s lack of weapons of mass destruction, there was one lesson from the run-up to the Iraq war that he felt was hugely relevant to the standoff in Iran.
‘We didn’t realise, nor did anyone else,’ Bush said, ‘that Saddam Hussein felt like he needed to play like he had weapons of mass destruction. It may have been, however, that in his mind all this was just a bluff… that the world wasn’t serious.’
It’s not the first time we’ve called a fascistic madman’s bluff, of course.