Jeb Bush highlighted his differences with brother and former President George W. Bush over the invasion of Iraq. After maintaining dignified silence over the issue, Jeb Bush on Thursday finally broke his silence and said he would not have invaded Iraq in 2003.
“If we’re all supposed to answer hypothetical questions, knowing what we know now, what would you have done?” Bush said while campaigning in Arizona. “I would have not engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq.”
The answer of Jeb Bush was a long-awaited one as for the past week the former Florida governor and likely Republican candidate for president was avoiding an answer. Jeb Bush was even targeted by GOP rivals for sidelining the question despite being asked multiple times.
During an interview with Fox news, Bush said he is loyal to his older brother, George, who ordered the invasion. Secondly, his belief is to respect the sacrifices of the people who died in Iraq war.
“It’s very hard for me to say that their lives were lost in vain,” he said. “In fact, they weren’t.”
He finally spoke his heart out on Thursday at a town hall event in Tempe, Arizona, before members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in Scottsdale.
“Knowing what we know now, I would have not engaged, I would have not gone into Iraq,” Bush said.