President Bush dug deep into his dictionary and emotions yesterday, when he criticised the recent hanging of Saddam Hussein's' aides, and described Saddam's manner of execution as "fumbled".
"I was disappointed and felt like they fumbled the particularly the Saddam Hussein execution."
He added that the execution of Saddam was like "kind of a revenge killing".
Bush claims that he had expressed disappointment to Prime Minister al-Maliki about the way Saddam's execution was handled.
"The message is that it's a confusing message.
It basically says to people, 'Look, you conducted a trial and gave Saddam justice that he didn't give to others. But then, when it came to execute him, it looked like it was kind of a revenge killing.' And it sent a mixed signal to the American people and the people around the world.
And it just goes to show that this is a government that has still got some maturation to do."
It is unlikely that Prime Minister al-Maliki will heed these comments, or indeed care very much. The new administration in Iraq is now busy making friends with Iran.
It would seem that President Bush is beginning to realise that the form of democratic government that he hoped would take root in Iraq, after the removal of Saddam, is not taking the form that he would have wished for.