Politics

Jeb Bush Supports Invading Iraq, Knowing Today's Facts (Video)

| by Michael Allen

President George W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003 based upon multiple claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which were not true.

The invasion turned into an eight-year occupation, which resulted in the deaths of of between 138,566 and 157,160 Iraqis, noted the Iraqi Body Count project. ForeignPolicy.com reported that 4,488 U.S. soldiers and up to 3,400 U.S. contractors were killed during the war.

Despite the thousands of lives lost, Republican 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently supported his brother's decision to invade Iraq and asserted that he would do it himself, reports Talking Points Memo (video below).

Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked Jeb during an interview, "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?"

Jeb replied, "I would have and so would have Hillary Clinton. Just to remind everybody, so would everybody that was confronted with the intelligence that  they got."

However, The Guardian reported in 2013 that the CIA and M16 (UK's version of the CIA) were both told that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction before the invasion.

Vanity Fair noted that retired American diplomat Joseph Wilson found no evidence that Hussein had tried to buy yellow cake uranium when he went on a fact-finding mission to Niger for the Bush administration in 2002.

While Clinton did support the invasion in 2003, she has never been asked if she would support the Iraq invasion "knowing what we know now," noted Slate.com.

Kelly then asked Jeb, "You don’t think it was a mistake?"

"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,” Jeb stated.

Jeb also claimed that the Iraqi people "turned on the United States military because there was no security for themselves and their families."

Jeb added that his brother believed that as well.

However, in 2004 on the one-year the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, President Bush boasted about the progress of the occupation of Iraq and said, "We're making progress, you bet," reported CNN.

Sources: Iraqi Body Count, ForeignPolicy.com, Slate.com, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Talking Points Memo, CNN
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