Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina slammed fellow GOPer and presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Aug. 14 (video below).
Jones made his comments on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ “InfoWars” Internet TV show, notes RightWingWatch.org.
The Republican lawmaker was asked by the host what he thought about President Barack Obama and Jeb Bush saying they wanted to bomb Syrian President Bashar Assad to defeat Islamic State group.
CNN reported that Bush called for a no-fly zone over Syria and defeating Assad's regime as part of a strategy against Islamic State group.
Obama has not called for bombing Assad, but began bombing Islamic State group in Syria this week after Turkey finally relented and allowed the U.S. to use its bases, reports RT.com.
The North Carolina Republican stated:
"If my brother had sent 4,000 Americans to die in an unnecessary war, I don’t believe I’d be making those statements. I'm talking about (former President) George Bush going into Iraq. We never had to go into Iraq. It was manufactured intelligence ... I been kinda rude, but I'm going to tell you we had no business going into Iraq. Taking out (former Iraqi leader) Saddam (Hussein) is part of the problem we got with the Middle East right now."
Bush claimed on Aug. 13 in Davenport, Iowa, that taking out Saddam Hussein turned out to be a "pretty good deal," notes MSNBC (video below).
The AFP noted a study in 2013 that found 500,000 Iraqis had died since the invasion of Iraq, and The Huffington Post reported in 2014 that 4,486 U.S. troops died in the Iraq War.
The North Carolina lawmaker expressed his deep regret for voting for the invasion of Iraq earlier this week, ThinkProgress reports.