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Bush's Book 'Decision Points' Reflects On His Legacy

Former U.S. President George W. Bush
George W. Bush is back in the media spotlight, defending some of his most controversial decisions as U.S. president.

In an interview with the NBC U.S.television network late on November 8, he said that the use of harsh interrogation techniques on terror suspects, including waterboarding -- or simulated drowning -- had prevented terrorist attacks and saved lives.

He also said that he was angered when U.S.-led coalition forces failed to find weapons of mass destruction following the invasion of Iraq in 2003, but said his decision to invade Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein was not wrong.

Bush who has seldom appeared in the media since he left the White House in January 2009 is publicising his memoir, "Decision Points," which reaches U.S. bookstores on November 9.

compiled from agency reports