Jeb Bush: Asking 'Hypothetical' Questions About Iraq 'Does a Disservice' To Dead American Soldiers

The likely Republican presidential candidate explained his position on the Iraq war at a town hall meeting in Nevada.
2:17 | 05/13/15

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Rewriting history as hypothetical so here's here's a give you the full story. I literally. Higher I mean there's no way for me to have what what she said was knowing what we know now what would you have done. I heard some I didn't whatever I heard it was translated. Knowing what you knew then what would you do. And I answered it honestly and I answered the way our part. With a viable answer all the time. Which is that there were mistakes made but based on the information that we had. It was the right decisions same decision that people on the left and right agreed with. The problem with hypotheticals is is twofold one. When I was governor. I got to Aaron Felton a duty and have two to call all the family members of people who lost their lives. And I don't remember the total number but it was easily over hundred. And I felt a duty to do that because I admired. The sacrifice of their families and I admired. The men and women mostly men that made the ultimate sacrifice. So going back in time and talking about hypothetical what would have happened what could have happened I think does a disservice for them. What we ought to be focusing on is what are the lessons learned. The lesson that the there are two lessons learned on this one is if you're gonna go to war. They're gonna go to war make sure that you have the best intelligence. Possible in the intelligence. Broke down. That's clear clear one of the mistakes of this and secondly if you're gonna do this have a strategy. Of security. And have. A strategy to get out. In both of those things didn't work the way they did although I'll give my brother credit once. The mass was created he saw that mess with the search and created when he left a much more stable. Iraq that now. That was squandered in some ways when President Obama up. Did not keep any small level of troop level in those voids now we're having to deal with and so. I think the focus ought to be on that on the future I respect the question. But if we're gonna get back into hypotheticals I think it does a disservice for a lot of people that sacrificed a lot.

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