Mind-reading isn’t my thing.
Therefore, I cannot pretend to know what Jeb Bush heard or “misheard” when Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him whether he would have gone to war in Iraq “knowing what we now know” about the absence of any weapons of mass destruction.
The former Florida governor and presumed Republican Party candidate for president said he would have gone to war.
Then he said, “And so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everyone. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got.”
Let’s just review for a moment. Then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton did vote to authorize war in Iraq. President Bush ordered the invasion in 2003, our troops toppled Saddam Hussein’s government then looked high and low for the WMD. They didn’t find any. They captured Saddam, pulling him out of that spider hole. He was tried and convicted of crimes against humanity and was hanged.
Clinton then said while running for president in 2008 that she was wrong to vote for the war authorization, based on what we now know.
Gov. Bush said he misheard Kelly’s question. I won’t quibble with that point.
I will quibble, though, with his characterization of what Hillary Clinton would do. She’s said she made a mistake.
His bungled answer has angered those on the right, who don’t like him too much anyway.
Time to hit the reset button, Jeb.