The controversy of the Iraq War has been continually brought up as candidates are preparing for the 2016 presidential elections. Questions about the war have thrown off several prospective candidates, including Jeb Bush, the former Florida Governor. When asked about the war, he answered in seven different ways, before finally declaring that he would not have authorized the invasion, “knowing what we know now”.
Jeb Bush is referring to the ISIS situation. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were able to gain strength in Iraq by exploiting the grievances of the Sunni population against the Shia-dominant leadership in Baghdad, the leadership installed by the United States.
According to The Hill, when asked a similar question after an Iowa event, about whether the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power, Hillary Clinton was prepared to answer, and said she “made a mistake” by authorizing the Iraq War as a senator in 2002, and blamed the Iraq War for the rise of Islamic militancy in the country. However, she added on that this is a problem the Iraqi people have to take part in solving.
“I’ve made it very clear that I made a mistake, plain and simple, and I have written about it in my book. I’ve talked about it in the past.”
“What we now see is a different and very dangerous situation. The United States is doing what it can, but ultimately this has to be a struggle that the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people are determined to win for themselves and we can provide support, but they’re going to have to do it.”