I would have authorized Iraq invasion, says Jeb Bush

Presumed Republican presidential hopeful says he would have done the same as his brother in deciding to go to war in Iraq had he been president at the time

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Probable U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would have authorised the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq in a televised interview on Sunday.

“I would have authorised the invasion, so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And do would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got,” Bush said in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

Bush, brother of former President George W. Bush and presumed 2016 presidential candidate, said mistakes were made in not securing the country, adding that after the invasion, the US ought to have focused on securing and stabilising Iraq in order to shield its people from sectarian violence.

“By the way, guess who thinks that those mistakes took place as well? George W. Bush. Yes, I mean, so just for the news flash to the world, if they’re trying to find places where there’s big space between me and my brother, this might not be one of those," Jeb Bush said.

In his interview with Fox News, the former Florida governor also talked about his views on  immigration reform.

“I mean, there’s got to be a point where we fix this system so that legal immigration is easier than illegal immigration and show some respect for people,” he said.

“I just think there’s a point passed which we’re over the line.”

Jeb Bush is married to Columba Bush, who was born in Mexico; he lived in Venezuela as a young man and speaks fluent Spanish.

Over 10 million Hispanic people voted in the 2012 election, equivalent to almost 10 percent of the total voters in US.

Winning Hispanic people’s support is crucial for Bush if he is to succeed in a likely run for the presidency.



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