Bobby Jindal on Iraq: 'Parlor Games' Aren't 'Helpful'

The potential 2016 candidate won't say whether the invasion was a good idea.

ByABC News
May 17, 2015, 6:14 AM

— -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wouldn't say whether the Iraq war was a good idea in hindsight, but he would say that such hypothetical questions aren't "helpful."

Jindal spoke with ABC News after the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday night, responding to the same question that followed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush all week: In hindsight, knowing that intelligence about Saddam Hussein purportedly having weapons of mass destruction was not shown true by history, should the United States have invaded Iraq?

"I don't think that the parlor games are helpful," Jindal told ABC News, when pressed.

"What is helpful," he said, "is that at the time, given the information that they had, President [George W.] Bush made absolutely the right decision. Let's remember, the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein."

On whether Jeb Bush handled the question well over the course of a week, after initially misinterpreting the question, as Bush has described it, Jindal said that "Anybody thinking about running for president or running for president needs to be ready for any of the questions the media is going to ask."