Former President George Bush senior defended his son, President George W Bush, in a rare interview with USA Today.
Bush senior, speaking about the Iraq war, said:
"Do they want to bring back Saddam Hussein, these critics?
Do they want to go back to the status quo ante? I don't know what they are talking about here. Do they think life would be better in the Middle East if Saddam were still there?"
That's all very well. However, when Bush senior was faced with the decision (in the earlier Gulf War) as to whether to invade Iraq or not he decided against it.
"It would have been a disastrous decision."