Wednesday, June 11, 2008
"I don't regret it at all," he said, during a visit to Germany to meet Angela Merkel, the country's chancellor.
"Removing Saddam Hussein made the world a safer place," he added.
However, he conceded that he should not have used some language, such as "dead or alive" when talking about al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden or "bring them on" when talking about the challenge posed by opposition fighters in Iraq.
Bush also said he is not looking to set up permanent US military bases in Iraq, although he said he wanted to conclude a deal with Baghdad to keep US forces in the country beyond the year's end.
"I think we'll end up with a strategic agreement with Iraq. There's all kinds of noise in their system and our system," he said.
Senior government officials in Baghdad are opposing the deal, known as a Status of Forces Agreement (Sofa), and say they doubt it can be finalised by the end of July....(Click here for remainder of article).