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Bush Was Surprised at Lack of Iraqi Arms

President Bush acknowledged that he was apparently wrong in stating on the eve of war with Iraq that there was “no doubt” that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Bush, in an hour-long interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” allowed that he had been surprised by the lack of weapons in Iraq. “I expected to find the weapons,” he said in the session, taped Saturday and broadcast yesterday. But he said he did not take the nation to war under false pretense, adding: “I based my decision on the best intelligence possible.” In the Sunday talk-show interview, the first of his presidency in such a format, Bush also defended as honorable his Vietnam-era service in the National Guard and committed to the release of additional records to quell a renewed controversy over whether he fulfilled his military obligation. Full Story

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