When last we left our hero Jeb Bush, he was declaring on national television that even knowing what we know now, he would have done the same thing his brother did and invade Iraq. Since then, he’s been doing damage control for that wildly unpopular opinion. First he tried to hide behind the troops:
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) on Wednesday sought to sidestep questions about whether he would have authorized the Iraq War, saying such “hypotheticals” are a “disservice” to fallen troops.
“If we’re going to get back into hypotheticals, I think it does a disservice to a lot of people who sacrificed a lot,” Bush said during a town hall in Nevada, according to ABC News.
The report said Bush discussed calling the families of servicemembers who died while serving as governor.
“Going back in time and talking about hypotheticals — what would have happened, what could have happened — I think, does a disservice for them,” he added. “What we ought to be focusing on is what are the lessons learned.”
“So here’s the deal,” Bush told an audience in Arizona. “If we’re all supposed to answer hypothetical questions, knowing what we know now, I would not have engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq. That’s not to say that the world is safer because Saddam Hussein is gone. It is significantly safer.”
It is? How so, exactly? Saddam Hussein was a threat to no one but his own people when we invaded, he was totally neutered by the no-fly zone and the sanctions. But the invasion did unleash sectarian violence that led directly to the creation of ISIS. So tell us again how it made the world safer.