Bush looked confused. He often fumbled. At one point he confused Saddam Hussein with Osama bin Laden. Here is the transcript.
Here are a few things. First of all, Bush told a blatant lie:
I was hoping diplomacy would work. I understand the serious consequences of committing our troops into harm's way.
It's the hardest decision a president makes. So I went to the United Nations. I didn't need anybody to tell me to go to the United Nations. I decided to go there myself.
And I went there hoping that, once and for all, the free world would act in concert to get Saddam Hussein to listen to our demands. They passed the resolution that said, "Disclose, disarm, or face serious consequences." I believe, when an international body speaks, it must mean what it says.
Saddam Hussein had no intention of disarming. Why should he? He had 16 other resolutions and nothing took place. As a matter of fact, my opponent talks about inspectors. The facts are that he was systematically deceiving the inspectors.
That wasn't going to work. That's kind of a pre-September 10th mentality, the hope that somehow resolutions and failed inspections would make this world a more peaceful place.
Well, I suppose this might be technically true, that Saddam had no intention of disarming. But it seems, at least in normal usage, in order to disarm, one has to be armed in the first place. And Saddam was not armed.