Bush Touts Mideast Legacy

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2008 4:24 PM CST
President George W. Bush.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Bush is optimistic about his legacy in the Middle East, saying the region is a “more hopeful and more promising place than it was in 2001,” the Washington Post reports. Bush does acknowledge some missteps: “As with any large undertaking, these efforts have not always gone according to plan, and in some areas we have fallen short of our hopes.”

In a speech to be given today, Bush defends the genesis of his military and diplomatic efforts in the region. Though Saddam Hussein’s Iraq “was not connected to the 9/11 attacks,” the war there “cannot be viewed in isolation from 9/11,” and that country is now “a powerful example of a moderate, prosperous, free nation.” Bush also applauds his administration’s stalled peace efforts in Israel and Palestine as a “new foundation of trust for the future.”