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History will prove I'm right, says US President

Dismissing his plummeting popularity ratings, Bush said that his decision on Iraq war was in the espousal of universal freedom.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 17:55 IST

Stating his resolve not to be deterred by the terrorist attacks in Iraq, US President George W Bush has said history would prove he was right in going to war to enable Iraqi people live in freedom.

Dismissing his plummeting popularity ratings as based on "yesterday's polls", Bush stuck to his belief that his decision on the Iraq war was right and in the espousal of universal freedom.

Asked whether the opinion polls were right, the President told CNN En Espanol: "History will prove whether I'm right. I think I'll be right because I do believe freedom is universal."

Bush said last December's elections in Iraq, in which people voted despite the terrorist threat, showed that they wanted to be free.

"I remember it wasn't all that long ago that 11 million Iraqi's went to the polls in the face of terrorist threats... and said, we want to be free... That sentiment still exists in Iraq."

The interview followed closely on the heels of the resignation of Andrew Card, White House Chief of Staff. Bush denied the move was a sign of a major shake-up in the White House. Card was replaced by budget chief Joshua Bolten.

Criticising the terrorists, he said: "Those who want to stop democracy have got one weapon, and that is the ability to kill innocent life... to shake our will. And my will is not going to be shaken... You must have a president who believes in certain principles and is willing to lead based upon a vision for a better future."

A better future, according to him, "entails having a democratic Iraq as a friend and an ally, and to prevent the stated goals of the enemy from taking place".

"They want us to leave Iraq so they can establish a safe haven from which to launch attacks on our people again. And I take their goal seriously, and I will use all resources at my disposal in order to protect the American people," he asserted.

Bush spoke extensively on the controversial Sensenbrenner immigration bill, which calls for a guest-worker programme in the US, and sparked a huge debate in the Senate.

Bush, a major force behind the programme, said: "A guest worker programme is part of border security. I mean, rather than have people sneaking across the border to come and do jobs that Americans will not do, it seems like it makes sense for people to be given an identification card that they can come and do a job on a temporary basis."

Bush justified the programme, saying it recognised the reality of the global economy and the fact that a whole document-forging industry has evolved.

"There are people sneaking across in 18-wheelers or people risking their lives. The system is inhumane and it needs to be reformed."