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The Jeb Bush Iraq Answer Crisis: Much Ado About Nothing

Jeb Bush is being pilloried today from right and left for supposedly saying he would do the Iraq invasion all over again, re-spanking America in true Thank you sir, may I have another fashion.

Only thing is, it’s completely clear, that’s not what he said.

Now, yes, he was asked by Fox News host Megan Kelly whether he would invade Iraq again, knowing what we know now. But that’s not the question he answered. He answered whether he would invade Iraq knowing what we knew then.

So he obviously either misheard or misunderstood Kelly. Here’s the transcript.

KELLY:  Obviously, very controversial.  Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?

BUSH:  I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody, and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got.

KELLY:  You don’t think it was a mistake?

BUSH:  In retrospect, the intelligence that everybody saw, that the world saw, not just the United States, was faulty.  And in retrospect, once we, once we invaded and took out Saddam Hussein, we didn’t focus on security first.  And the Iraqis, in this incredibly insecure environment turned on the United States military because there was no security for themselves and their families.

By the way, guess who thinks that those mistakes took place as well?  George W. Bush.

KELLY:  Your brother.

BUSH:  Yes, I mean, so just for the news flash to the world, if they’re trying to find places where there’s big space between me and my brother, this might not be one of those.  But it’s important to remind ourselves of lessons learned going forward, the world is different today than it was in 2001.  It’s going to be different in 2017 if we allow this president’s foreign policy to continue on.  The unraveling isn’t going to stop.

It’s obvious he’s talking about having bad information about Iraq WMD. That is, the invasion was a mistake.

He’s only saying the invasion was justified based on the information we had then. Not based on what we know now. He says “I would have,” and “so would have Hillary.” He’s talking about previous misconceptions, not current understanding.

Gosh, how hard is that for all the pundits and analysts dizzy with fury and ridicule to see?

13 Responses to The Jeb Bush Iraq Answer Crisis: Much Ado About Nothing

  1. Only thing is, it’s completely clear, that’s not what he said.

    K, completely clear to me also. I watched it and had no confusion. I am no JB fan, but you have to reach to make something out of this. Media stupid and corrupt.

    Bizarre. Can’t wait until the debates. Hope Hil’ has Candy on deck to clarify. Hate to have to see her go through what Jeb is going through.

  2. My husband and I watched the interview. It was well done – he was articulate. Keith is right about what he said. Unfortunately we have reached the point where you have to agree with a candidate 100+% – Just isn’t going to happen. I’ve made no decision about a GOP candidate, but we were impressed and he did seem very Presidential. Another thing I appreciated it wasn’t just GOP talking points. Do you think we could agree that it’s nice to have someone who doesn’t just spout talking points and doesn’t get all riled up?

  3. Of course Jeb mis-heard the question! It was so obvious, I couldn’t understand why Megyn didn’t try to clear it up during the interview…and AFTER the interview. Did she not think he mis-heard her question? And then there was Laura Ingraham saying there’s ‘something wrong with him’.

    This is a prime example of why I rarely watch FOX.

    • Megan does a good job. We really like her style. That being said, So what if there was a bit of mix up. People paying attention knew what was said and what if meant. Doesn’t mean I won’t watch Fox. Laura Ingraham is a smart lady but I don’t agree with her all of the time. I didn’t hear it so I’m not sure what she meant if she thinks there is something wrong with Jeb Bush because of his answer. If that is what she said that’s a bit of a stretch don’t ya think?

  4. Pundits and Analyists and Journalists in this day and time hear what they want to hear and write what they themselves think.
    Facts and truth and accurate quotes? Not so much.

  5. I see in another blog you wrote that
    David Brock (Media Matters) will be
    helping Hillary Clinton in her upcoming
    election. Yikes! He is so evil.