Bush cycles with vets as review blasting Iraq War released

DALLAS (AP) — Former U.S. President George W. Bush is bicycling with wounded veterans on the same day a British inquiry has been released on the faulty intelligence and planning leading up to the Iraq War.

Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said Tuesday that Bush planned to spend Wednesday, his 70th birthday, at his Texas ranch riding his mountain bike with “wounded warriors.”

The report released Wednesday includes former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s letters to Bush assuring his support before the March 2003 invasion. In one letter, Blair urges Bush to go to the U.N. Security Council to build greater support for the war. Others include public relations advice.

The war killed nearly 4,500 American personnel, 179 British troops and more than 100,000 Iraqis.

Ford didn’t return messages seeking comment on the British report.