Bush, Blair acknowledge Iraq errors

May 25, 2006 at 8:37 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Thursday says his "tough talk" rhetoric was among the biggest errors made during the conflict in Iraq

At a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Washington, Bush said he regrets using phrases like, "Bring it on," and "Wanted, dead or alive."

"The kind of tough talk that sent the wrong signal to people," Bush said. "I learned some lessons about expressing myself in maybe a little more sophisticated manner."

He also cited the abuses committed at Abu Ghraib prison.

"We've been paying for that for a long time," Bush said.

Blair said planners underestimated the seriousness of the insurgency.

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