Bush Defends Iraq Plan on CBS' '60 Minutes'

President Bush says his decision to send more troops to Iraq is going forward, even if Congress tries to stop him. The president discussed his new Iraq strategy in a interview on CBS' 60 Minutes.

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President GEORGE W. BUSH: I think I'm a flexible, open-minded person, I really do.

INSKEEP: President Bush spoke on "60 Minutes" last night. He said his openness does not mean he's going to follow Congressional criticism of his Iraq strategy.

President BUSH: They could try to stop me from doing it, but I've made my decision and we're going forward.

INSKEEP: The President spoke to CBS at Camp David, the presidential retreat outside Washington. And he acknowledged some mistakes in the Iraq effort.

President BUSH: Abu Ghraib was a mistake. Using bad language like, you know, bring 'em on was a mistake. I think history is going to look back and see a lot of ways we could have done things better, no question about it.

INSKEEP: And he spoke about the execution of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi leader whose guards were recorded taunting him during his execution.

President BUSH: I thought it was discouraging. You know, obviously could have handled this thing a lot better. It's important that that chapter of Iraqi history be closed.

INSKEEP: Mr. Bush also told interviewer Scott Pelley that he watched parts of the execution on the Internet.

President BUSH: Somebody showed me parts of it, yeah. I didn't want to watch the whole thing.

Mr. SCOTT PELLEY (CBS News): When you keep saying parts of it, what do you mean you didn't want to watch the whole thing?

President BUSH: Well, I just - I wasn't sure what to anticipate beyond the yelling and stuff like that. I didn't…

Mr. PELLEY: You didn't want to see him go through the trap door?

President BUSH: Yeah. Yes, I didn't.

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