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.