Rumsfeld has no regrets over Iraq

Defence secretary at time of Iraq invasion says human, financial and political toll has been worth it to remove Saddam Hussein

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The former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld believes the war in Iraq has been worth the cost and remains largely unapologetic about his handling of the conflict, according to his new autobiography.

Had the government of Saddam Hussein remained in power the Middle East would be “far more perilous than it is today”, Rumsfeld wrote in his 800-page memoir, scheduled for release on Tuesday but reported in today’s Washington Post.

Rumsfeld and other US officials cited the threat posed by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction as justification for the 2003 US-led invasion. No such weapons were found.

The former defence chief was a leading architect of the Iraq war. He was fired by President George Bush in 2006, with US troops bogged down after three and half years of fighting.

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