Likely Republican presidential contender and former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) is attracting heat from conservatives for his recent declaration that he, too, would have invaded Iraq in 2003 if he had been president.Conservative columnist Byron York bashed Bush for a “disastrous defense of the Iraq War” in a column posted Monday afternoon, while conservative radio host Laura Ingraham tweeted criticism of Bush’s statement.
Bush signaled his support for the Iraq strategy taken by his brother, former President George W. Bush, during an interview on Fox News’s “The Kelly File” that aired Monday night. The network released an excerpt of the interview on Sunday.
Host Megyn Kelly asked Bush if he would have authorized the invasion “knowing what we know now,” alluding to the fact that the intelligence claiming Iraq had weapons of mass destruction turned out to be false.