President Bush took credit yesterday for "keeping America safe" from terrorists since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, arguing that his administration had prevented more bloodshed at home through aggressive policies
Thats inarguable. Why is "keeping America safe" in scare quotes?
and that such a result should outweigh any second-guessing of his methods.
That, on the other hand... well, did we really say that?
There's room for an honest and healthy debate about the decisions I made.
Sounds like the opposite of how the WaPo framed him. He isn't saying his approach shouldn't be questioned. He is just saying that it worked. It did work. It might have caused a number of extremely problematic malincentives that trouble us for years to come, and it may have swept up a bunch of innocent people, but I ain't saying that it didn't work.
Bush Says His Post-9/11 Actions Prevented Further Terrorism