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Bush on Saddam: "That Mother F**cker Tried to Take Out My Dad"

Amanda Terkel: It's troubling that Bush believed he could use U.S. troops as personal hitmen to avenge a grudge.
This post, written by Amanda Terkel, originally appeared on Think Progress

President Bush attempted to convince the nation that Saddam Hussein had WMD as justification for invading Iraq in 2003. In Oct. 2002, for example, he stated, "If we know Saddam Hussein has dangerous weapons today -- and we do -- does it make any sense for the world to wait to confront him as he grows even stronger and develops even more dangerous weapons?"

But today on the progressive radio program The Cappy McGarr Show, host Cappy McGarr reveals through a conversation with former Sen. Majority Leader Tom Daschle that in private, Bush's real motivation was a personal vendetta:
Of all the reasons used to justify this awful war, the one that stunned me the most...and will shock you...was the one I heard from a close friend of mine former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Senator Daschle was Majority Leader at the time.
The Senate and The House Leadership were meeting with President Bush for a weekly breakfast back then, and as our country was leading up to the Iraq war. ... Bush got to talking about why we needed this war, and here's what he said to Senator Daschle "We need to get Saddam Hussein...that Mother _______ tried to take out my Dad."
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Amanda Terkel is Associate Editor for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.