In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Monday night, Jeb Bush said that even knowing what we know now he would have gone to war in Iraq.
Kelly asked Bush, “knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?”
“I would have [gone to war], and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody, and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got,” Bush said.
Bush later backtracked in an interview with Sean Hannity.
“I interpreted the question wrong, I guess,” Bush said, “Knowing what we know now, you know, clearly there were mistakes as it related to faulty intelligence in the lead-up to the war and the lack of focus on security. And my brother’s admitted this, and we have to learn from this.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was quick to take shots at Bush over his handling of the issue saying that “If we knew then what we know now and I were the president of the United States I wouldn’t have gone to war.”
Christie went further by saying that Jeb Bush’s stance on Iraq showed that he was tied to his brother’s legacy and that the U.S. needed to avoid “going backwards.”
“We need a forward-looking foreign policy that talks about how to reassert American authority and influence around the world,” he said.
Jeb Bush’s gaffe and Christie’s subsequent attack reveals a dangerous vulnerability in Bush’s potential candidacy for president, his older brother, former-president, George W. Bush.
George W. admitted to a private gathering in April that he and the Bush name would be a political liability for Jeb.
The 43rd president has also since admitted in his book “Decision Points” that the Iraq War intelligence on WMDs was false.
George W. Bush has kept a low profile since leaving the White House, which will likely continue if his brother Jeb chooses to run for President in 2016.[Fox News][CNN][The Guardian][Bloomberg]