Rubio Doesn’t Want to Answer Iraq War Questions

After watching Jeb Bush take a rash of shit for saying he would still invade Iraq like his brother even knowing now that it was all based on lies, and then have to flip flop at least twice in response to the political fallout, Marco Rubio is learning the lesson by ducking and dodging that same question like a boxer.

Wallace began by noting that former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) had “a tough time” this week answering whether, given what we know now, he would have invaded Iraq in 2003. He played a May 13 clip of Rubio saying neither he nor President George W. Bush would have backed the war and a March 20 clip of the Senator saying that the war was not a mistake, as “the world is a better place because Saddam Hussein doesn’t run Iraq.”

Asked by Wallace to explain the flip, Rubio — who announced last month that he will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 — denied that they were the same question and noted that “based on what we know now, I wouldn’t have thought Manny Pacquiao was gonna beat [Floyd Mayweather Jr.] in that fight a couple of weeks ago.”

Wallace multiple times asked Rubio whether, given current knowledge, the war was a mistake. But Rubio each time dodged the question, saying it was “not a mistake, given what the president knew at the time.”

This all assumes something that we know is false. We know now that Bush didn’t actually know what he claimed to know at the time, that the administration, led by Dick Cheney, put huge pressure on the CIA to invent or exaggerate the evidence on several fronts (the infamous yellowcake uranium, the non-existent ties to Al Qaeda, the non-existent chemical and biological weapons program, etc) in order to make the case for war. The marketing campaign for the war was based on lies and Bush and Cheney damn well knew it.

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  • theguy

    “The marketing campaign for the war was based on lies and Bush and Cheney damn well knew it.”

    But if the Republican Party learns from (recent) history, how can they advocate another war (with Iran) and take themselves seriously?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    But even if they knew it was lies, it’s not their fault that the world failed to match up with their faulty model. And since, apparently, “reality has a liberal bias”, if anything that makes it your fault!

  • raven

    Marco Rubio is learning the lesson by ducking and dodging that same question like a boxer.

    Rubio does this a lot. AFAICT, he doesn’t believe anything except that he wants to be an elected official.

    To take one typical example, he was once a Catholic, converted to Mormonism, dropped that for fundie xianity and is now back to being a part time fundie and part time Catholic.

  • eric

    Marco Rubio is learning the lesson by ducking and dodging that same question like a boxer

    So far, they’ve all been dodging it; there’s not a single strong leader type among them. As I said in the other thread(s), the weirdest thing about this situation is that a strong leader type who gave a forceful and reasoned opinion could probably look good regardless of whether that opinion was pro- or con- war. Instead, it appears they will all waffle and dodge as much as possible, so as to avoid being attacked for stating an opinion on the matter, at least for as long as they can.

  • andrewkiener

    eric,

    Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Any public claim that the war was a mistake will be read as betrayal of the Americans who died fighting it. No one could get through the GOP primary after saying it. So we’ll get the dodging and weaving and eventually the nominee will figure out a non-position sufficiently well-crafted to take into the general election.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    “the world is a better place because Saddam Hussein doesn’t run Iraq.”

    As it turns out, even that’s not true.

  • eric

    @5: according to Llewelly, Hilary gave a “yes it was a mistake” answer in her 2014 book. I don’t recall any sort of shitstorm over it. None of the current republicans are attacking her over it either. Sure, they’re more focused on the primary than the general, but getting a good jab in at Hilary would still be a fine idea. Yet they chose not to.

    This issue looks to me like gay rights circa May 2012 (when Biden put an extremely liberal foot in his mouth…and the nation collectively shrugged). Everyone seems to think that the American public will all vote against whatever horrible beast would demean the sacrifice of the troops so. But when someone actually says ‘the war was a mistake,’ we don’t actually go off the deep end or think its a vote-killer.

  • busterggi

    I think you’re forgetting a very important possiblity – Rubio may be too stupid to know what he would have done. He doesn’t seem smart enough to know what he’s doing now.

  • abb3w

    “I object!”

    “And why is that, Mr. Rubio?”

    “It’s devastating to my campaign!”

    “Overruled.”

  • Doc Bill

    The shorter Rubio: “I’m not an historian, man!”