Friday, May 15, 2015

Bush's bumbles ignite a bush fire

The media is fired up about Jeb Bush's screw-ups in answering the question about what he would have done in Iraq. Here is a summary from Steve Benen at msnbc.com/RachelMaddowShow.

For those keeping track at home:

On Monday, "If you knew in 2003 what we know now, would you have launched the war in Iraq?" Bush said he would have launched the war anyway.

On Tuesday: "If you knew in 2003 what we know now, would you have launched the war in Iraq?" Bush said he doesn’t know what he would have done.

On Wednesday: "If you knew in 2003 what we know now, would you have launched the war in Iraq?" Bush said he doesn’t even want to answer the question at all, because a response would be a "disservice" to U.S. troops.

And on Thursday: "If you knew in 2003 what we know now, would you have launched the war in Iraq?" Bush said he wouldn’t have launched the war.

Now, if only Dubya (the other Bush) would have spent the same amount of time, 4 days, in contemplation with the same outcome. The world would indeed be a safer place than it is now.

Oh, oh. It's not over. Bush just keeps going. Here is a transcript. (Report at Daily Kos.)

Reporter: "What’s the way forward in Iraq, sir?"

Bush: "I think we need to re-engage, and do it in a more forceful way than—the president is very reluctant for whatever reason to make a clear commitment that we should have kept, you know, 5,000, 10,000 troops there. There's been success since we reengaged."

So he would not have launched the war, but now he wants to [re]launch the war. So Monday-->Thursday-->Monday. Got that?

Benen comments: "He knew the question was coming, and he had literally years to prepare a good answer, but the Florida Republican flubbed this badly anyway." We might well ask: what else would he flub as President? Let's have no more bush fires - the country could not take another one.

h/t AZBlueMeanie at B4AZ

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