Although weapons of mass destruction were never found, President Bush says inspectors reported that Hussein was still very dangerous. "We may not have found the vials, but he had the capacity to make weapons," he says. "The point I make is that Saddam Hussein in power today would mean the world would be less stable and more dangerous, and 25 million Iraqis would be living under the thumb of a brutal, ruthless dictator. My point is the world's better with him gone."
In 2007, President Bush made another controversial decision and ordered the deployment of more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq. Since the war began, 4,421 U.S. soldiers have lost their lives—a fact the former commander in chief says weighs on him.
"It weighs heavily because I know that the decision I made disrupted somebody's life in a big way," he says. "It would weigh more heavily on me, however, if I had cared more about my political standing and less about completing the mission."