Gosh, did we have a field day making fun of George W. Bush when he was the Decider In Chief; remember the time he tried to leave the room and the door wouldn’t open and he tugged and tugged and then just stood there like a moron? How dumb was that? Remember back in 2003? “Mission Accomplished”? How stupid was that? But what if W wasn’t the dumbest Bush? What if Jeb … ?
Last week, during an interview with Fox News — and saying that always makes me giggle … Fox News — when Megyn Kelly asked:
“Knowing what we now know, would you have authorized the [Iraq] invasion?”
And Jeb Bush actually said:
“I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got. In retrospect the intelligence that everybody saw, that the world saw, not just the United States, was faulty. And in retrospect once we invaded and took out Saddam Hussein, we didn’t focus on security first.”
And people’s heads exploded because, given what we know now,. That the invasion of Iraq was based on a lie, and was perhaps started just to make Dick Cheney more money off of the bodies of dead soldiers, why would you say that you’d do it all over again?
Oh, except after the floors were scraped of the gray matter left over from noggins going Boom! Jeb tried to walk back his stupid, saying he had "interpreted the question wrong;" he thought Kelly asked “Given what you knew then …”
"Yeah, I don't know what that decision would've been. That's a hypothetical but the simple fact was mistakes were made, as they always are in life and foreign policy. So we need to learn from the past to make sure we're strong and secure going forward."
Mistakes were made? Mistakes? In Iraq 4,486 U.S. soldiers died; in Afghanistan 2,345 U.S. Soldiers were killed. In both wars over 1 million U.S. men and women were wounded, and, the war cost this country $6 trillion.
Mistakes. Jeb is trying so hard to walk the Razor’s Edge of not throwing his brother under the bus, and trying to distance himself from the myriad of mistakes in the W Regime, and yet he cannot even answer a simple question.
And he doesn’t have a single person on his team to prepare him for these questions? I mean, the simple answer to the ‘What would you have done if … ?’ question is to say you aren’t looking backwards, but rather looking forward, and that comparing your presumed presidency to anyone else’s presidency makes no sense at all.
But Jeb didn’t do that because, well, he just might be The Dumbest Bush.
And, given what We The People know now, do we want to make that mistake again?
That’s a rhetorical question.
Jeb stepped in the Stupid Puddle again today when he said this:
"I’m running for president in 2016, and the focus is gonna be about how we — if I run — how do you create high, sustained economic growth, where more people have a chance at earned success? And I will apply my record and the ideas that are relevant going forward to all of this. Of course I have differences with every president, previous president”Oops; because he hasn’t announced he’s running … yet.