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"...but I do think, uh, you know when I, I said some things in the first term, um, that were probably a little blunt. 'Bring it on' was a little blunt, and uh, I was really speaking to the, to our troops, but it came out, and it and it had a different, uh, different connotation, different meanings for others, and uh, so I've gotta , I'll be, I'll be more disciplined in how I say things."
- George W. Bush, during at interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, aired January 14, 2005.
''Sometimes, words have consequences you don't intend them to mean. 'Bring 'em on' is the classic example, when I was really trying to rally the troops and make it clear to them that I fully understood, you know, what a great job they were doing. And those words had an unintended consequence. It kind of, some interpreted it to be defiance in the face of danger. That certainly wasn't the case.''
- George W. Bush, January 13, 2005 (©MMV, The Associated Press)
Q Mr. President, you spoke about missteps and mistakes in
Iraq. Could I ask both of you which missteps and mistakes of
your own you most regret?
- George W. Bush, Press Conference, May 26, 2006
President Bush has admitted to The Times that his
gun-slinging rhetoric made the world believe that he was a “guy
really anxious for war” in Iraq. He said that his aim now was to
leave his successor a legacy of international diplomacy for
- "President Bush regrets his legacy as man who wanted war", by Tom Baldwin and Gerard Baker in Ljubljana, The Times, June 11, 2008
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