Transcript for How 5 Possible White House Hopefuls Answered the Iraq Question
Knowing what we know now would yield authorize the invasion. I would've been sold so would have Hillary Clinton just remind everybody and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got nothing it was a mistake in retrospect the intelligence that everybody saw that the world saw not just the United States was. Was faulty. Here's that you it was Rick were all also answer the questions. Knowing what we now will you. I'm not. Engage. Where. If you look at the Iraq War. After finding out there were no weapons of mass destruction would you. If you knew that have been in favor of the Iraqi invasion while not only would I don't out of in favor of a President Bush would not been in favor. And he said so all the candidates now are being asked and I haven't senior answers so we've been asked this before forgive me. Knowing what we know now about Iraq. What's your answer. What would what would let me and. How legends. Yet the intelligence was clearly wrong and so had we known that the intelligence was wrong no I would not have gone in and I have said publicly on many occasions. The going into Iraq was mismanaged and coming out of Iraq was mismanaged knowing what we know now would you ever authorize the invasion of Iraq. I don't of course not I mean the entire credit kit. Of the war against Iraq was the intelligence that showed they had weapons of mass destruction and and that there was a real risk they might use them. And I would note there was a bipartisan consensus both Republicans and Democrats looking at that intelligence. Concluded it was a real threat we now know that intelligence was false and and and with Alex. That predicate there's no way we would've gone dove to go to war with Iraq can and and we know that mountain side. Knowing then what we know now no WMD in Iraq it's sadder are without the right decision to go to war now there wasn't. Now I think President Bush made the best decision he couldn't time given that his intelligence community was telling that there was WM day. And there were threats right there in Iraq but I don't think you can honestly say that if we knew then that there was no WMD. That the country should have gone to war at so my answer would be no.
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