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Bush defends increasing troops to Iraq

india Updated: Jan 15, 2007 11:44 IST
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Accepting that the Iraq war had made him unpopular, United States President George W Bush has said he would not budge from his decision of sending more troops to the war-torn country despite opposition from the Congress as it would empower Iran and threaten world peace.

"I fully understand they (Congress) could try to stop me. But I have made my decision and we're going forward," Bush told CBS news in an interview telecast Sunday night.

Asked about the plummeting support for the war, he admitted that the Iraq war hasn't gone as well as he had hoped.

"And people are, you know, people are discouraged. They don't approve of where we are. And so I think it's where the country is."

On why he was determined to go his own when most of the nations have not back his plan, Bush asserted that he is not going to change his principle just to be popular.

When the interviewer questioned that he was not very popular anyway, he replied, "I'm afraid you're right.

"Failure in Iraq would empower Iran, which poses a significant threat to world peace," Bush said.

Asked what mistakes was he talking about in his speech in which he announced sending more than 21,000 troops, Bush said, "Abu Ghaib was a mistake. Using bad language like, you know, 'bring them on' was a mistake.

I think that history is going to look back and see a lot of ways we could have done things better. No question about it."

"There aren't enough troops on the ground right now to provide security for Iraq. And that's why I made the decision I made," Bush asserted.

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