Much has been made about the differences between Jeb Bush and his father and brother who were both previous Presidents of the US, however it seems that Jeb Bush agrees with his family members when it comes to the crucial question of the Iraq War.
According to a report by Reuters, Jeb Bush, who is widely predicted to announce his candidacy as the Republican candidate for the Presidential Race in 2016, has said that he would have done what his brother done and would have authorised the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The authorisation of the invasion in 2003 by George W. Bush was hugely controversial and remains an issue debated by many.
The invasion of the Iraq by the United States came after a case was made claiming that Saddam Hussein was in possession of biological weapons. It has since transpired that this assumption had been made upon flawed intelligence information and no such weapons were ever found.
According to Reuters, Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, in an interview taped to air on Fox News acknowledged that the United States had made mistakes in managing Iraq after ousting President Saddam Hussein, including a lack of post-war security for Iraqis but he did not go so far as to say he would not have invaded the country.
“By the way, guess who thinks that those mistakes took place as well? George W. Bush,” he said. “Yes, I mean, so just for the news flash to the world, if they’re trying to find places where there’s big space between me and my brother, this might not be one of those.”
Bush has said that he is “my own man” and not tied too closely to the policies of George W. or their father, former president George H.W. Bush. He also has said his brother advises him on the Middle East, according to Reuters.
“I would have [authorised the invasion] and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody,” Bush told Fox News. “And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got.”
The reference to Hillary Clinton was to draw in the politician who is currently standing for the Democratic presidential nomination and highlighting the fact that she had previously voted in favour of invading Iraq at the time.