Not learning any lesson at all from watching Jeb Bush get hammered for saying he supported the invasion of Iraq, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he thinks George W. Bush “absolutely made the right decision.” And just for fun, he throws in a major lie about the withdrawal of troops from that country.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in Iowa on Friday, cast no blame on former President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq for the unintended consequences of the war.
“The problems we face in Iraq today I don’t think were because of President Bush’s strength but have come about because of President Obama’s weakness,” Jindal said. “President Obama didn’t listen to his military and other advisers and instead, he withdrew all of the troops without a status forces agreement, without some kind of remaining, residual ability to keep stability in Iraq.”
Wrong. There was a Status of Force Agreement in place and it was signed by Bush. It required that we pull our troops out when Obama did so unless the Iraqi parliament asked us to stay, which they refused to do. The Republicans keep pushing this lie that Obama withdrew the troops on his own, but it’s simply bullshit. It was Bush who chose that date for withdrawal and Obama followed the agreement he put in place. But that inconvenient fact just disappears down the memory hole.
Jindal didn’t specifically say he would have invaded Iraq given what he knows today. He said it’s not “productive” to consider hypothetical questions about foreign policy, but he fully defended the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
“At the time, I think President Bush absolutely made the right decision,” Jindal, who is considering running for president in 2016, said during the taping of “Iowa Press.”
I’m just baffled by the political judgment here. What use is it to a Republican candidate to say this? Anyone who agrees with you is already going to vote Republican, but the voters in the middle, the ones you have to get on your side to win an election, are strongly opposed to the invasion. This is going to strike them as Jindal showing really, really bad judgment and lessen his credibility for making any kind of foreign policy decision should he win the presidency.