The US invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, where about 500,000 people lost their lives, was orchestrated by then-President George W. Bush, making it no surprise that the subject would come up with his brother Jeb. But while most 2016 hopefuls have happily declared that they would not have invaded if they knew the reports of Saddam Hussein possessing weapons of mass destruction were largely inaccurate, Bush is sticking with his brother according to a recent interview with Megyn Kelly. That is, until the media wildfire that occurred after this revelation. He now claims that he “interpreted the question wrong,” while asserting that “mistakes were made” in the decisions leading up to the Iraq War.
Bush is also reluctant to blame the current state of affairs in Iraq on his brother, which is something that is less unique among Republican presidential candidates. They of course prefer to blame current President Barack Obama, who inherited the war and is responsible for recalling troops from the country. Bush in particular was called out on this stance during a recent town-hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, where a 19-year-old student said that “Your brother created ISIS,” while accusing him of attempting to further destabilize the Middle East in order to legitimize future conflicts. Bush replied by simply saying “we respectfully disagree.”
Presumably he’ll use the same line when the American people elect a different president.