Jeb Bush Quotes On Iraq Just From One Week Show A Clear 180 In Opinion
Although he has yet to even officially announce his run for president, Jeb Bush is already running into trouble over his brother George W. Bush’s legacy of the war in Iraq. And, in the true spirit of brotherly love, Jeb is (or was) supporting his brother and his decision to go to war. On Monday, in an interview with Fox News, Jeb said that his brother and the former president made the right decision back in 2003, considering the information that was available to him at the time.
Then, a long week of criticism followed. Bush changed his position, shifted his rhetoric on the topic, and attempted to clarify what he meant to say. Just days after saying that his brother made the right decision back in 2003, Jeb said he didn’t actually know what he would’ve done, if he had been in that position. Then, on Thursday, he said that he would not have voted to wage war on Iraq, given what we know now.
All of this flip flopping on such an important issue, an issue already so tied to the Bush family name, has caused some serious harm to Jeb’s campaign persona — and some are questioning whether that harm is irreparable. As The New York Times columnist Gail Collins points out, one of Jeb’s biggest points in his favor was his “aura of competence.” He seemed capable of remaining even-keeled and maintaining his rationale.
Here’s Jeb’s downward spiral on his position on the Iraq War, captured in quotes from just this week.
In an interview with Megyn Kelly Monday on FOX's The Kelly File, Bush seems completely in support of his brother’s decision in 2003. He seems to say that he would’ve done exactly the same thing if he had been in his position.
Then, Bush starts to backpedal a bit on what he’d said. He starts to admit to mistakes that his brother made in his decision, and the fact that his brother has admitted to the mistakes that took place. He no longer seems so sure that his brother made the right decision.
Then, he tries to dodge the conversation, by urging focus to be on the future and not the past. He says that by undercutting his brother’s decision, he would feel like he would also be doing a “disservice” to the troops that served in the Iraq War.
And then, by Thursday — less than a week after his interview with Fox News, Bush seems adamantly against the decision to go to war with Iraq, knowing what we know now.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Jeb Bush's interview with Megyn Kelly took place on Sunday on Fox News, not Monday on the Kelly File.
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