It's been what, an hour or so, but Jeb Bush is once again feeling the need to clarify his stance on the Iraq War. By God he's going to keep doing this
until he finds a way to make everybody happy
Reporter: "What’s the way forward in Iraq, sir?"
Bush: “I think we need to re-engage, and do it in a more forceful way than—the president is very reluctant for whatever reason to make a clear commitment that we should have kept, you know, 5,000, 10,000 troops there. There's been success since we reengaged.”
This was a still-stinging Bush quickly re-asserting his hawk credentials (and big-table rights at his family's next Thanksgiving dinner) after today's last statement
, in which he said he probably wouldn't have gone to war in Iraq "knowing what we know now," which was a clarification of his last statement seemingly saying the opposite
, thus making Mr. Strong Leadership look like he never once pondered what his opinions on the Iraq War might be, during all his preparation for his juggernaut campaign. We just
squeezed a begrudging supposition that maybe he could have been convinced not to go to war after all, if all the evidence in the entire world was arrayed against it (aka reality), but all of that's water under the bridge because now that we're there we obviously need to ramp up the troops (again) to restore order (again) and then peace and freedom will happen just like his constellation of neoconservative advisers have been promising for a decade and then some.
Well, at least his war strategies match his campaign strategies: When you find yourself in a hole, just keep digging until your shovel strikes daylight.
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