WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — George W. Bush says he was surprised to learn that Saddam Hussein didn’t believe the former U.S. president would take military action against Iraq in 2003.
Speaking with CBS News’ Bob Schieffer for an interview to be aired Sunday, Bush discusses his new upcoming book, his relationship with his father and decisions made about the Iraq War. Bush notes that he was surprised when he learned that Hussein didn’t leave Iraq when the U.S. was threatening to go to war.
“You know, when he was captured, I was told that the FBI agent that talked to him, he said, ‘I just didn’t believe Bush,’” Bush tells Schieffer. “And it’s hard for me to believe he didn’t believe me.”
“It was hard in retrospect for me to look back and say, I don’t see how he could doubt my word,” Bush adds.
Bush also said he has no regrets about going to war with Iraq, but that the current Islamic State militant threat is something that needs to be eliminated.
“No, I think it was the right decision,” Bush says. “My regret is that a violent group of people have risen up again. This is al Qaeda-plus. I put it in the book, they need to be defeated. And I hope we do. I hope that the strategy works.”