Without a doubt, the Iraq War is going to go down as one of the biggest mistakes in U.S. history. From all the lies that led us to the war, to the complete incompetence that followed once it began, there’s almost nothing positive to say about anything that came from the Bush administration’s decision to invade the Middle Eastern nation.
And no, we didn’t find evidence to support George W. Bush’s claims that Saddam Hussein had a large chemical weapons program functioning in Iraq. What they found were remains of Saddam’s old chemical weapons program, which nobody disputed that he had.
In fact, the only real hope Bush had to salvage his legacy was the dream that, despite how badly his administration botched the entire war, Iraq would become a symbol of freedom and democracy in the Middle East. Well, with the region more chaotic than ever thanks in large part to the destabilizing effects of the Iraq War – and with perhaps the most dangerous terrorist organization the world has ever seen (ISIS) threatening a takeover of both Iraq and Syria – that dream is dead.
Nowadays you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’ll say in retrospect that they would still support invading Iraq knowing what we know now. Even Hillary Clinton has come out and said she “got it wrong” when she voted for the Iraq War. Though I still find it hard to blame many of those who did vote for the war based on the fact that they were literally lied to by the Bush administration prior to the invasion.
Over the years even some Republicans have said, knowing what we currently know now, they wouldn’t have supported the war.
Well, don’t count Jeb Bush among them. While he wasn’t in a position to vote for the war, he recently told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that if it were up to him, knowing what we all know now, he would still invade Iraq.
“On the subject of Iraq, obviously very controversial, knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?,” Kelly asked.
“I would have,” Bush answered.
Kelly followed up by asking him if he thought the war was a mistake.
“In retrospect the intelligence that everybody saw, that the world saw, not just the United States, was faulty,” he said. “Once we invaded and took out Saddam Hussein, we didn’t focus on security first.”
“By the way, guess who thinks those mistakes took place as well: George W Bush,” Jeb continued. “Just for a newsflash to the world, for those trying to find big space between me and my brother, this might not be one of those.”
While it’s clear the intelligence the Bush administration used was “faulty,” there were also people within our intelligence community telling them that it was – they simply chose to ignore those people. And the reason why other countries went along with this faulty information is because we were the ones selling them on it.
He’s basically saying that even though his brother’s administration lied to the rest of the world (just as he did to this country), everyone is still equally to blame for the failures of that war. That’s ridiculous.
To this day I can still remember telling a friend when George W. Bush was first elected that within 2-3 years he would find a way to start a war in Iraq. So, in 2003 when he did just that, I wasn’t at all surprised.
But what Jeb’s comments essentially tell us is that not only does he seem to think that the Iraq War wasn’t a giant mistake (it was), but he would have done the exact same thing if he were president.
In other words, electing Jeb Bush would basically be just like re-electing George W. Bush – and I think most of us remember how that worked out last time.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: