Former U.S. President George Bush recently announced that he had been told of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, including biological weapons, by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Bush made the statement in his memoirs, "Decision Points." In the book, Bush also highlights other mistakes he made during the Iraq war campaign, according to the Voice of America.
"President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt had told [general] Tommy Franks that Iraq had biological weapons and was certain to use them on our troops," Bush wrote, according to Voice of America.. “Intelligence from a Middle Eastern leader who knew [former Iraqi president] Saddam [Hussein] well had an impact on my thinking."
The former president also revealed that Mubarak had insisted the information stay private, so that ordinary Arabs would not become incensed. Bush wrote that he had to consider the wishes of those in power in the Middle East.
"Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s longtime ambassador to Washington and a friend of mine since dad’s presidency, came to the Oval Office and told me our allies in the Middle East wanted a decision," Bush wrote, Voice of America reports.
As concern grew among America’s Middle Eastern allies in 2003, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan insisted that the indecision was hurting the U.S. economy. Bush said that such events increased the pressure on him to act.
Bush also wrote of how he felt when it became certain that weapons of mass destruction were not going to be found.
"No one was more shocked or angry than I was when we didn't find the weapons [of mass destruction]," Bush said, according to Voice of America. "I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do."