December 15, 2003 - Text From the President’s News Conference -
QUESTION: When Saddam emerged from his hole on Saturday, he told a U.S. soldier that he was willing to negotiate. Might there be room for negotiation, perhaps in exchange for a public statement to the Iraqi people that may serve your interest?
And secondly, the soldier also said to Saddam, reportedly, that, "President Bush sends his greetings." You say this is not personal, but you've also pointed out this was a man who tried to murder your father. What is your greeting today?
BUSH: "Good riddance. The world is better off without you, Mr. Saddam Hussein. And I find it very interesting that when the heat got on you dug yourself a hole and you crawled in it. And our brave troops, combined with good intelligence, found you. And you'll be brought to justice, something you did not afford the people you brutalized in your own country."
October 3, 2002 - W.H. rejects Bush-Saddam duel offer -
The White House scorned an Iraqi leader's suggestion that President Bush and Saddam Hussein could resolve their differences in a duel, calling it an "irresponsible statement" that did not justify a "serious response."
(Although, to be fair, as much as I dislike him, my money would have been on Bush in that duel.)
There was something about Bush’s smirk and tone in that speech that revolted me. If there’s a connection between the perception that the US humiliates the Arab world and the roots of terrorism, any security gains from capturing Saddam could easily be offset at its use as terrorist recruitment vehicle.
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