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Sen. Rand Paul: If People Want Another Iraq War, They Know Who To Vote For (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush whether he would have invaded Iraq based on "knowing what we know now."

Bush insisted he would have invaded, but after negative media coverage, Bush claimed he got the question wrong, even though Kelly asked him twice.

Bush later told Fox News host Sean Hannity, "Knowing what we know now, clearly there were mistakes as it related to faulty intelligence in the lead-up to the war and the lack of focus on security. My brother’s admitted this and we have to learn from that," reported The Washington Post.

Mother Jones debunked Bush's "faulty intelligence" claim by citing numerous instances in which former President George W. Bush's administration tailored evidence to justify the Iraq invasion.

On May 19 on CNN (video below), Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for Republican nomination for president in 2016, appeared to slam his GOP rivals, noted Mediaite.com.

Paul was asked if the Iraq War was a mistake, and quickly responded, "Yes."

Paul went on to say:

"We’ve had the same question repeatedly: Is it a good idea to go in and topple a secular dictator and try to build a nation? Are we good at building a nation? And can we build nations in our own image? I think, really, every time we’ve toppled a secular dictator in the Middle East, we’ve gotten something worse and something less stable."

The CNN host asked why it was so hard for Bush and Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio, who is also running for president in 2016, to answer the Iraq question.

Paul replied:

"I'm not sure why it's so hard, but it shows some differences between the candidates. And I think if people want another Iraq War, they know who they can vote for. If they want someone who is not very likely to have another Iraq War and will only go to war when we have to, when it’s the last resort, when we have to defend America or American interests, there are going to be some other alternatives."

Sources: Mother Jones, Mediaite.com, The Washington Post
Image Credit: CNN Screenshot