Iraq War Judged a Mistake by Today's White House HopefulsUPDATE: Here's Rubio playing the fool on FOX News.
WASHINGTON — May 17, 2015, 2:31 PM ET
By CONNIE CASS Associated Press
A dozen years later, American politics has reached a rough consensus about the Iraq War: It was a mistake.
The fact that Jeb Bush, a likely candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016, was pressured this past week into rejecting, in hindsight, his brother's war "is an indication that the received wisdom, that which we work from right now, is that this was a mistake," said Evan Cornog, a historian and dean of the Hofstra University school of communication.
Or, as Rick Santorum, another potential Republican candidate, put it: "Everybody accepts that now."
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz weren't in Congress in 2002 and so didn't have to make a real-time decision with imperfect knowledge. Neither was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who served an earlier stint in Congress.
All these Republicans said last week that, in hindsight, they would not have invaded Iraq with what's now known about the faulty intelligence that wrongly indicated Saddam Hussein had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in an interview Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," summed up that sentiment: "Knowing what we know now, I think it's safe for many of us, myself included, to say, we probably wouldn't have taken" that approach.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Many sane people realized that in the summer of 2003 but conservatives are a tad slower than most people so it's only now that we have some prominent Republicans stating the obvious:
Posted by Steve J. at 7:09 PM