Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Is Jeb Bush disqualified because of his willingness to invade Iraq?

So knowing what we know now, Little Shrub would go for it? Steve Benen (Rachel Maddow Show/msnbc.com) reports that even conservatives scoff at Bush's position on Iraq.

The key here is the specific question [Fox News'] Megyn Kelly asked: would you invade Iraq "knowing what we know now." According to the Florida Republican, even if he knew Iraq had no WMD, even if he knew about the thousands of American casualties, even if he knew about the length and cost of the war, even if he knew the destabilizing effect the conflict would have on the Middle East, even if he knew the degree to which the war would undermine American stature and credibility on the global stage, he’d still launch the disastrous invasion.

... Bush’s answer is impossible to take seriously. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, hardly a liberal critic, told her audience, "You can’t still think that going into Iraq, now, as a sane human being, was the right thing to do. If you do, there has to be something wrong with you."

Perhaps Little Shrub is forced to take that position. After all, he takes his guidance on Middle East policy from Big Shrub who actually did invade Iraq and manufactured the rationale for doing it. Or perhaps Ingraham was thinking of Shrubs in general.

... When Laura Ingraham is compelled to ask whether a leading GOP presidential candidate is "a sane human being," is it unreasonable to wonder whether the former governor has crossed an important line?

And is it unreasonable to ask the question of the other former governor as well?

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